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Which composer was famously nicknamed 'Il Prete Rosso' (The Red Priest)?
It was Vivaldi, because he had red hair
What is the actual name of the female character who assumes the alter ego 'Fidelio' in Beethoven's opera?
Correct! She disguises herself as a prison guard called 'Fidelio' to rescue her husband, Florestan.
Which conductor earned himself the nickname of The Screaming Skull?
Sir John Barbirolli
Sir Malcolm Sargent
Sir Georg Solti
Correct! His fiery Hungarian temperament earned him the nickname, though as the critic Michael Scott Rohan wrote in the November 2012 issue of BBC Music Magazine, 'his character definitely mellowed with age'.
Which leading opera singer was known as La Stupenda?
It was Joan Sutherland. She was given the nickname, which means 'The stunning one', by the Italian press
Which orchestra founder changed his first name on moving to Britain in 1848 to make himself sound less German?
Sir Thomas Beecham
It was Charles Hallé. He changed his name from Karl Halle
Which of Mozart's symphonies is known by the nickname Jupiter?
It's No. 41. The symphony was Mozart's last and was written in the summer of 1788
Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera has the subtitle of 'The Peer and the Peri'?
Correct! The comic opera tells the story of a band of fairies who stumble upon the world of the House of Lords
Which opera singer's name, when translated into English, means 'Laid-back Sunday'?
Juan Diego Flórez
It's tenor Plácido Domingo
Which of Elgar's friends did the composer refer to as 'Nimrod' in his Enigma Variations?
Augustus J Jaeger
Arthur Troyte Griffith
It was Augustus J Jaeger. He was a music editor with Novello & Co. and Elgar gave him the nickname 'Nimrod' because 'Jaeger' means hunter in German and Nimrod was an Old Testament patriarch described as 'a mighty hunter before the Lord'.
Richard Penrose Arnold
He may have been one of Germany's great composers, but his name reveals to us that he came from a family of Belgian farmers. And he is…
It's Beethoven. His surname roughly translates as 'from the beet fields'
Ludwig van Beethoven
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