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Dido and Aeneas
The Bartered Bride
The Pirates of Penzance
Les contes d'Hoffmann
Pelléas et Mélisande
The Merry Widow
The Threepenny Opera
Porgy and Bess
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Opera Composers II Quiz
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Jan 21st, 2009 at 04:57 GMT
Hurrah, more opera! Thank you Sporcle!
Jan 21st, 2009 at 05:18 GMT
Yeah, I was doing the first one yesterday and was wondering this was going to come along. Got 'em all with 3:51 to go. Hardest ones were, Le Prophète and Manon. Maybe in the the next one we see Britten, Saint-Saens, Glass, Adams & Lully. Thanks DavidR!
Jan 21st, 2009 at 08:28 GMT
Thanks for the positive feedback. Kyle, three of the composers you mention appeared in the first quiz. This quiz is already pretty hard and I'm not sure there are enough well-known composers to have a third quiz of twenty-five without repeating some. Not that repeats would necessarily be a bad thing — there are plenty enough operas that the clues would be different, at least.
Jan 21st, 2009 at 11:21 GMT
Not my subject ;-) Got Bizet and G/S and guessed a Strauss would be there. Also suspected Tchaikovsky would there but can't spell him. Mind you I recoginsed quite a few of the names.
Jan 21st, 2009 at 14:10 GMT
Big fat zero for me. Know nothing about opera.
Jan 21st, 2009 at 16:38 GMT
The display for Penzance should only read "Arthur Sullivan" as Gilbert was the librettist.
Jan 21st, 2009 at 18:15 GMT
Ugh, 8/26 and mind you, I'm an opera fan...*ashamed*
Jan 21st, 2009 at 18:52 GMT
cheers davidr - a quiz where i am not only let down by my loack of knowledge, but also by my inability to spell! keep the toughies comining - a challenge is always good. going to play this one again when i've brushed up on a few composers
Jan 21st, 2009 at 21:52 GMT
I got 15 - which I'm very pleased with as there were only 5 that I knew straight off (Carmen, Pirates of Penzance, Porgy & Bess, Threepenny Opera, Bartered Bride).
Jan 22nd, 2009 at 05:39 GMT
Thanks for this quiz--sometimes the "specialty" quizzes are the most fun. I do think that the displays should be consistent--I have no problem with both composer and librettist displayed for Penzance, but if you're going to do that then you should credit the librettists of all of the other operas as well.
Jan 22nd, 2009 at 09:44 GMT
@Jal D. and Russell: I agree that it's inconsistent to quote the librettist for only one of the operas but the composer and librettist of `Penzance' were such a well-known team that it seems most natural to credit both. This one is the only really well-known librettist.
Jan 23rd, 2009 at 17:09 GMT
davidr: I see your point about their collaboration - out of the context of the quiz they really did work together more closely than other composers/librettists. Thanks for the hard quiz!
Jan 25th, 2009 at 20:01 GMT
How is the most guessed one a bloke I've never heard of? I'm no opera expert but I've heard of at least half the others. (I only got 2 right though.)
Jan 26th, 2009 at 15:27 GMT
@Catherine F: He's pretty well known for having composed `Carmen' but everything else he wrote is fairly obscure.
Feb 1st, 2009 at 09:36 GMT
Bravo davidr!! I loved this quiz :)
Sep 2nd, 2009 at 13:24 GMT
I have a Master's degree in Music History and these quizzes are my favorite!
Sep 4th, 2009 at 21:41 GMT
I knew almost everybody, but I didn't know their operas
Sep 30th, 2009 at 15:56 GMT
Brilliant quiz ! There's not enough opera on Sporcle - in my humble opinion.
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 04:59 GMT
If you do make another opera quiz, please put in "Treemonisha" as one of the clues.
Nov 22nd, 2009 at 15:33 GMT
can you accept brecht and weill for kurt weill?
Jan 2nd, 2010 at 23:43 GMT
Dubious as to the definition of "opera" here - personally I think you should put in whatever you want and if people don't know enough stuff to get the answers, that's their problem but, for the record, the works of G&S (particularly) are usually said to be operettas.
Jan 8th, 2010 at 16:46 GMT
I'm trying hard to come up with enough composers for a 3rd rendition of this quiz: Lully (Armide), Salieri (not sure which), Schoenberg (Moses und Aron), Korngold (Die Tote Stadt), Krenek (Jonny spielt auf), Zimmermann (Die Soldaten), Menotti (The Medium)... That doesn't come close to 25, but with a little work it could be done, I think.
May 29th, 2010 at 02:30 GMT
Manon, not to be confused with Manon Lescaut, based on the same story. @anthraxjohnson: you could always use Fidelio.
Dec 14th, 2010 at 16:06 GMT
Enjoyed both of the opera quizzes. Yes, you could do a third! Even if there are some repeats. Thanks for doing these.
Mar 19th, 2011 at 22:47 GMT
"Stravinski" should be accepted as well. Otherwise, well done!
Feb 23rd, 2012 at 18:03 GMT
Great pair of quizzes, though I would like to throw my hat into the ring about Sullivan. For the consistency (and the composer's reputation!) it would be better as just Sullivan and not G&S.
Apr 22nd, 2012 at 03:17 GMT
I can't take an opera quiz that has neither Verdi nor Puccini.
Mar 16th, 2013 at 06:21 GMT
Since it hasn't been changed yet, I'm not optimistic, but as others have said, it really should be "Arthur Sullivan", not G&S (and the composer's full name should be accepted, too). Also, alternate spellings for the Russians should be accepted (e.g. Musorgsky and Chaikovsky, especially since those are actually more correct transliterations).
Mar 30th, 2013 at 03:34 GMT
So. Many. Russian. Composers. I need to listen to more Russian opera! :)
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