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May 7th, 2010 at 17:11 GMT
Finally an opera quiz! Got em all, but I'm surprised Amahl and the Night Visitors is no longer on the list.
Game published: May 10th, 2010 at 16:07 GMT
May 10th, 2010 at 16:35 GMT
Please accept Die Zauberfloete
May 10th, 2010 at 16:37 GMT
This quiz was so good, I almost peed my pants. I mean, "I liked it better than Pirates of Penzance".
May 10th, 2010 at 16:39 GMT
That was fast. It now accepts Die Zauberflöte with and without the umlaut. Whatever flötes your böte.
May 10th, 2010 at 16:42 GMT
As noted in Exackerly's archived comment, he's glad he go 'em all, but disappointed he didn't get Amahl.
May 10th, 2010 at 16:49 GMT
Thanks to "Trading Places" and "Seinfeld" for 2 of the 5 I got.
May 10th, 2010 at 17:01 GMT
Interesting there's no grand opera, though the accompanying picture depicts a wagnerian costume. Great quiz!
May 10th, 2010 at 17:11 GMT
Thank you for giving us the composers, so I didn't have to worry with spelling the names of the Ring operas! I thought it was "I Pagliacci," though.
May 10th, 2010 at 18:16 GMT
The picture that goes with this quiz is possibly the scariest thing I've seen in a long while!
May 10th, 2010 at 19:01 GMT
please accept i Pagliacci
May 10th, 2010 at 19:57 GMT
Well I guess Bugs Bunny is the only one that performs Wagner anymore.
May 10th, 2010 at 20:02 GMT
I'm so embarrassed. I wrote a report for school on La Traviata, but I didn't get it. Doh!
May 10th, 2010 at 20:50 GMT
Sad to not see Wagner on the list, and I expected Carmen to be higher. Carmen has the best music ever written for an opera.
May 10th, 2010 at 23:06 GMT
Wouldn't have gotten any if I wasn't an Odd Couple fan.
May 10th, 2010 at 23:14 GMT
Blah, can't spell these Italian names.
May 11th, 2010 at 00:09 GMT
Die Fledermaus is an operetta, definitely not an opera.
May 11th, 2010 at 00:17 GMT
Could someone tell me how Pagliacci is on this list without Cavalleria Rusticana? Is this list historical or current?
May 11th, 2010 at 01:09 GMT
There appears to be an advertisement for Carmen above the quiz... That does help
May 11th, 2010 at 01:22 GMT
I did try Cavalleria Rusticana, tonybraintree, with that same thought. Though, some companies do perform the two separately (most specifically I Pagliacci), so I can see how that one would make the list without the other one making it.
May 11th, 2010 at 01:50 GMT
Just speaking of opera, there's the most adorable claymation of little dessert people marching and dancing and acting to what I believe is an aria from La Traviata....I'll try to get a link.....wait for it......
May 11th, 2010 at 02:18 GMT
Guys, it's not "I pagliacci." Srsly.
May 11th, 2010 at 03:33 GMT
For the 91% of people who couldn't remember Il Trovatore, go watch A Night at the Opera. Be prepared to laugh. Don't forget the hard-boiled eggs
May 11th, 2010 at 04:29 GMT
Also, I suspect the reason no Wagner operas are on here is because this is a list of the most performed operas in *North America* and not in general. Europe, particularly the German-speaking bits of it, does loads of Wagner, but it doesn't fit the parameters of the quiz.
May 11th, 2010 at 14:14 GMT
Don't understand why you've left out "I" from "I pagliacci" - I know it's only "the", but you've included the definite article in LA boheme, LA traviata, IL trovatore...
May 11th, 2010 at 15:55 GMT
@riddler: the opera's title is 'Pagliacci' ie 'Clowns' not 'The Clowns'. And there's no character in it of that name, as some people think (I'm not saying you do).
May 11th, 2010 at 16:00 GMT
@chikka2: I'd be interested in your definition of 'grand opera'. The usual one is that there's no speech, as it's done in recitative. The only non-grand opera on this list is Die Fledermaus, though there is a version of Carmen with spoken dialogue.
May 11th, 2010 at 19:25 GMT
OwenHerring, grand opera is an actual genre, it includes the likes of Berlioz and Meyerbeer. It's not a synonym for "opera without dialogue."
May 12th, 2010 at 05:45 GMT
Also, is your username a Britten reference, or is it just happy coincidence that there are Britten operas Owen Wingrave and Albert Herring?
May 12th, 2010 at 17:51 GMT
@RebeccaAMax: I stand corrected, but on my side I have the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary which defines it as 'serious opera without spoken dialogue'. And yes, the origin of my name is as you suggest, but I'm not as much of a Britten fan as I thought I was at the time when I invented it. I'd be quite happy never to hear either of these operas again.
May 12th, 2010 at 23:23 GMT
Hmm, that's unfortunate. I'd never heard that definition. (Part of the problem, of course, is that we just haven't kept the genre definitions as part of our lexicon - opéra comique, for example.)
May 29th, 2010 at 02:17 GMT
The italian names for 5 and 6 did not work.
Jul 2nd, 2010 at 19:25 GMT
Rigoletto is still my favorite. The haunting final act with the thunderstorm and some of Verdi's best music seals it.
Aug 17th, 2010 at 14:15 GMT
Guys come on it's Pagliacci, not I Pagliacci. Society made it wrong, please don't support ignorance.
Apr 10th, 2011 at 22:42 GMT
Ooh, didn't even realize it's not "I Pagliacci." Still - it should accept "I Pagliacci" and show up as the correct answer, at least considering how many recordings, scores, and performances get it wrong. As long as the official answer doesn't have the article, I don't think it supports ignorance at all. ....All that aside, I want to shoot myself for missing Lucia di Lammermoor. It's the only one I missed. 'Swhat I get for the bad habit of associating Donizetti with only his comic operas...
Apr 18th, 2011 at 23:28 GMT
You should accept Madam as well as Madama butterfly
Apr 23rd, 2011 at 19:31 GMT
Didn't realise La Cenerentola is in the top 20 most-performed list. I tried at least three variations of "William Tell" before I decided to put that in, thinking it was a long shot. It's one of my favourites. And with regards to Pagliacci, it's been paired with Puccini's Il Tabarro as well. But in any case it's probably more widely publicised than Cavalleria Rusticana, seeing as it was referenced once on The Simpsons. :)
Sep 4th, 2011 at 20:00 GMT
Finally, an easy quiz for me (might have helped that I was an opera major/singer for years).
Nov 22nd, 2011 at 11:47 GMT
15/20. Never heard of La Cenerentola
Mar 2nd, 2012 at 01:14 GMT
Kept trying to type in different spellings and translations of La fille du régiment!
Mar 2nd, 2012 at 01:17 GMT
You may remember Pagliacci and Faust from Disney's Make Mine Music! Willy the Whale performs the lead roles.
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