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Classic operas according to who dies
Can you name the classic operas according to who dies in them?
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A dragon, a monarch, a black dude and three unnamed women
And you thought no one dies in a comic opera.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 damsel mistaken for a duke
In a case of seriously misplaced self-sacrifice, Gilda deliberately encounters the assassin waiting to kill the philandering Duke.
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 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.
A tuberculosis sufferer bereaves a poet
Mimì sings really well in the finale considering that her lungs are failing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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