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What composer wrote both the libretto and the music for a series of operas known as 'The Ring'?Richard Wagner
90.3%
Who composed the music for 'Le Nozze di Figaro'?Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
90.3%
In which Italian city did opera first begin?Florence
88.7%
What type of opera was the most popular during the Baroque period?Opera Seria
76.7%
What type of dance HAD to be in operas performed at L'Opéra, the great Parisian opera house?Ballet
68.1%
What is the name of the German form of drama that is a mix between opera and musical theater?Singspiel
65.1%
What 20th c. composer wrote the music for 'Porgy and Bess'?George Gershwin
64.2%
Which composer is credited with the creation of early French Opera, and the French Overture during the time of the Sun King?Jean-Baptiste Lully
63.5%
What is the so-called 'speaking style' called in opera?Recitative
63.2%
And the 'singing style'?Aria
62.9%
What ancient idea of music is opera based upon?Greek
61.3%
How did many composers convey a character's change in emotions or affect during an aria or an ensemble?Modulation
58.8%
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What was considered the most important aspect of an opera piece according to the original creators?The words
55.7%
Who was the most famous castratto of the Baroque period?Carlo Broschi or Farinelli
52.5%
Human interest operas of the 19th and 20th centuries usually dealt with people from what social class?The poor
51.6%
Which composer is famous for creating the Italian Opera conventions of the 19th century?Gioacchino Rossini
50%
What aria was the most common or popular for Opera Seria?Da Capo aria
46.6%
The Cavatina and Cabaletto combined make up what type of aria?The Duet Form
44.3%
What are the little musical themes that occur throughout later opera to signify an idea, person, place, etc.Leitmotifs
44.1%
Why didn't opera take hold in England during the 17th century?The Protectorate
41.5%
What Italian noble house did Claudio Monteverdi work for during the Court Opera period?Gonzaga family
40.9%
What was the name of the first opera to deal with the problems of the lower and working classes?The Beggar's Opera
40.3%
Which composer wrote the score for 'Il Giasone'?Francesco Cavalli
35.8%

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