Owen Mortimer


3:41, 4th August 2020


Do you know your Puccini from your Ponchelli? Opera Now’s editorial team have put together a fiendish and intriguing set of questions for readers spending more time at home than usual – some quick, some cryptic. Time to test your wits… 


  1. Shhh! A silent revolution sprouted after a performance of which opera?


  1. I am a Glaswegian popstar, but it’s less of a shout, more of a sprechgesang – who am I?     


  1. What links the following characters, whoall appear Azucena, Cardinal de Brogni and Margaret Garner?


  1. I flow into the Tyrrhenian Sea and caused family mayhem in Altura. Who am I?


  1. My mother is my aunt; my father is my uncle. Who am I?


  1. My peachy tones were the toast of the day. Who am I?


  1. Which is the odd one out?
  2. Straszny dwór
  3. Výlety páně Broučkovy
  4. Prodaná nevěsta


  1. A sea hawk, even a sea wolf, I sailed to a dead city. Where am I?


  1. Who is easily assimilated and is suddenly Spanish? (Por favor!  Toreador!)


  1. Just add peach purée to this composer for a Renaissance hue.


  1. Despicable Kevin, Stuart and Bob share a name with a French opera. What is it?
  2. What do Lakmé, Cio Cio San and Jokanaan have in common musically?


  1. How many of Verdi’s operas are based on plays by Schiller?


  1. Deborah Kerr (The King and I): Natalie Wood (West Side Story): Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady). What links these performances?


  1. (a) Which company made hats for both Verdi and Puccini?

(b) And for a bonus point, what was the play that the style of hat was named after – it later became an opera? 

  1. Beaumarchais famously provided the plays on which Mozart based Le Nozze di Figaro and Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia. But in which opera does the playwright himself appear and attempt to meddle with history?

  1. Aubergine and tomatoes are essentials for this Sicilian dish: other ingredients inspire much druidical mumblings. Pasta yes–  but you don’t want it to be too Grisi.



  1. Paisiello, Isouard and Morlacchi all beat a more celebrated composer to composing an opera based on a hit play: it was a useless precaution, his version is by far the most famous. What is the play?


  1. Toscanini loved this veritable avalanche of verismo so much that he named one of his daughters after it. What name do the opera and daughter share?


Which British artist made an even bigger splash when he turned his hand to opera design in the 1970s?

OPERA NOW QUIZ _ No 1: The Answers



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