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Two noblemen kill each other, but several scenes apart
Don Giovanni kills the Commendatore, whose statue arrives in the finale to consign him to hell.
The Prince of Persia and a serving girl
His head is taken off as the opening number; she (Liù) dies rather than betray the tenor.
A preacher and a striptease dancer
The head of St John the Baptist is an enduring image, but it is often forgotten that Herod orders Salome to be killed at the very end.
A staunchly loyal nobleman and a bunch of unnamed heretics
Rodrigo, Marquess of Posa, is executed for sympathizing with Don Carlos's defense of the Netherlands; the big party scene in the opera involves a heretic barbecue.
An expert marksman is taken by the Devil
Amazingly, Kaspar fails to realize that those magic bullets had to come with a hefty price tag.
A commander, a king, an enslaved princess and a whole bunch of Ethiopians
The Ethiopians lose the war, Amonasro dies offstage, Radamès and Aida are buried alive.
A tuberculosis sufferer bereaves a poet
Mimì sings really well in the finale considering that her lungs are failing.
A farm animal and a female member of a minority population of no fixed address
Escamillo triumphs in the bullfighting arena in the finale; Don José kills Carmen.
A dragon, a monarch, a black dude and three unnamed women
And you thought no one dies in a comic opera.
The bastard son of a god and the man who married his sister
Siegmund and Hunding, the husband of Siegmund's twin sister Sieglinde, both die in battle. S and S are children by a mortal woman of the loquacious head god Wotan.
A king or a duke, depending on whom you ask
King Gustav III of Sweden in the original version, but at the insistence of official censors this was changed to the Duke of Boston.
A socialite shoots his best friend in a duel
Lensky is the one who challenges Onegin to a duel but ends up getting shot. Not before singing an incredibly poignant aria, though.
One child, but also post-mortem appearances by two pre-deceased servants
The ghosts of the abusive governess and manservant kill the kid. A strong case against home schooling, one would think.
A wheelchair-bound old man tossed overboard from a cruise liner
The opera is based on the actual hijacking of the Achille Lauro; Leon Klinghoffer was the only casualty. OK, maybe this isn't a 'classic' opera. So sue me.
A damsel mistaken for a duke
In a case of seriously misplaced self-sacrifice, Gilda deliberately encounters the assassin waiting to kill the philandering Duke.
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