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Opera Quiz Questions I

  1. La Scala opera house is in which European city?

  2. Nessun dorma is an aria from which opera?
  3. What was the occupation of Peter Grimes, in the opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten?
  4. What is the name given to the text of an opera?
  5. Which opera was Jacques Offenbach's final work?
  6. Gioachino Antonio Rossini's last opera, which ushered in grand opera in France, was about which legend?
  7. In which opera is Prince Tamino persuaded by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the community of high priest Sarastro?
  8. What was Jorn Utzon's biggest contribution to opera?
  9. Who composed the opera The Love for Three Oranges, and at the age of nine composed his first opera, The Giant?
  10. Can you name the hunch-backed court jester of the Duke of Mantua in a famous operatic masterpiece?
  11. Which opera was Richard Wagner inspired to write by a stormy sea crossing he made from Riga to London?
  12. Which soprano had a relationship with Aristotle Socrates Onassis in the early sixties?
  13. 'Be still, stop chattering' by Johann Sebastian Bach is essentially a miniature comic opera about the addiction to which substance?
  14. Victorian operatic soprano Helen Porter Mitchell was born in which city?
  15. Who composed the following operas: (a) La traviata, (b) Carmen, (c) The Marriage of Figaro, (d) La boheme, and (e) The Barber of Seville?


  1. Milan, Italy

  2. Turandot (by Giacomo Puccini)
  3. Fisherman
  4. Libretto
  5. The Tales of Hoffmann
  6. William Tell
  7. The Magic Flute
  8. Architect who designed Sydney Opera House
  9. Sergei Prokofiev
  10. Rigoletto (from the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi)
  11. The Flying Dutchman
  12. Maria Callas
  13. Coffee (it's also known as the Coffee Cantata)
  14. Melbourne (she is better known as Dame Nellie Melba and took the pseudonym 'Melba' from her home town of Melbourne)
  15. (a) Giuseppe Verdi, (b) Georges Bizet, (c) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (d) Giacomo Puccini, and (e) Gioachino Rossini

Opera Quiz Questions II

  1. The Pilgrim's Progress, staged at Covent Garden in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, was which composer's last opera?
  2. In which cities would you find the following opera houses: (a)The Metropolitan Opera House, (b)Mariinsky Theatre, and (c)Liceu?
  3. What is the male equivalent of a prima donna?
  4. What is the real name of Madama Butterfly? And can you name the U.S. naval officer who marries her?
  5. What is the popular name for the aria Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre, from the opera Carmen?
  6. Which tenor played the role of Enrico Caruso in the biographical film The Great Caruso?
  7. The Flight of the Bumblebee is an orchestral interlude written by Rimsky-Korsakov for which opera?
  8. Known as La Stupenda, who did Luciano Pavarotti once call the 'Voice of the Century'?
  9. What sort of opera is an opera buffa?
  10. Which operetta composed by Johann Strauss II is sometimes called The Revenge of the Bat?
  11. Which seventeenth century English composer wrote the opera Dido and Aeneas?
  12. What's the name of the disabled street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, in a George Gershwin opera?
  13. Can you name Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera?
  14. The march 'Here Comes the Bride', played at many a bride's wedding entrance, comes from which 1850 opera? And who was the composer?
  15. Who composed the following operas: (a) Madama Butterfly, (b) Aida, (c) The Magic Flute, (d) Norma, and (e) Salome?


  1. Ralph Vaughan Williams

  2. (a)New York, (b)Saint Petersburg, and (c)Barcelona
  3. Primo uomo
  4. Cio-Cio-san. Lieutenant Pinkerton.
  5. The Toreador Song
  6. Mario Lanza
  7. The Tale of Tsar Saltan
  8. Dame Joan Sutherland
  9. Comic opera
  10. Die Fledermaus
  11. Henry Purcell
  12. Porgy (as in Porgy and Bess)
  13. Fidelio
  14. Lohengrin, by German composer Richard Wagner.
  15. (a) Giacomo Puccini, (b) Giuseppe Verdi, (c) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , (d) Vincenzo Bellini, and (e) Richard Strauss

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