Take Opera Wilmington’s Buffa Opera Quiz!

No, this is not the prestigious Opera Quiz that entertains (and baffles) during Metropolitan Opera broadcast audience members during intermissions. But we hope you’ll find it fun.

Here’s our July quiz:

We take a slightly dark turn in this month’s quiz, acknowledging that a tragic opera is nothing – nothing! – without a good death scene. Some heroines, like Mimí in La Boheme, pass away peacefully, while singing their hearts out. But others have more dramatic ends. Match the heroine with the manner of her end. One of these heroines does not actually die, but is consigned to become an agent of death. Answers are at right (no peeking!)

  1. Carmen                                                       Jumping off a building
  2. Aida                                                             Avalanche
  3. Luisa Miller                                                Buried alive
  4. Carmelite nuns                                          Snakebite
  5. Rusalka                                                        Stabbing
  6. Desdemona (Otello)                                  Ritual suicide
  7. Wally (La Wally)                                        Burning at the stake
  8. Chio-Chio-san (Madama Butterfly)        Guillotine
  9. Elektra                                                         Strangulation
  10. Tosca                                                            Demon of death
  11. Euridice (Orféo ed Euridice)                     Poison
  12. Norma                                                          Dancing to death

 

Here’s our June quiz:

Our June quiz presented a set of seven anagrams of names of well-known operas. How many can you unscramble? Answers are at right.

  1. Rival tooter
  2. Austria Drama
  3. All-time Will
  4. Old acorn
  5. Toad runt
  6. Casual region
  7. Fair Alps

 

Here’s our inaugural (May) quiz:

We thought we’d have a bit of fun with some names and concepts behind well-known operas. Take this quiz and see if you can come up with the silly connections (including at least one groaner) between the clues and the operas they suggest.

1. An opera hero whose unfortunate situation is reflected in that of many homeless travelers these days of coronavirus contagion?

2. An enchanted glass of bubbly?

3. Something to use in cooling everybody down in an enclosed space?

4. An opera whose librettist might have been thinking of Annie Oakley?

5. An opera to watch while savoring killer scotch?

6. An opera whose composer might have been inspired by Leiber and Stoller’s “Love Potion Number Nine”?

7. An opera whose title, if rendered in Italian (as it should have been), would give you the name of a type of pasta?

8. An opera whose title might come to mind when you think of former NPR humorists whose parting line was “Don’t drive like my brother”?

Buffa Opera Quiz ~ Answers:

1. Stabbing by another person
2. Buried alive
3. Poison
4. Guillotine
5. Becoming a demon of death
6. Strangulation
7. Avalanche
8. Ritual suicide (Harikiri)
9. Dancing to death
10. Jumping off a building
11. Snakebite
12. Burning at the stake

 

July Buffa Opera Quiz

1. Stabbing by another person
2. Buried alive (in a vault)
3. Poison
4. Guillotine
5. Becoming a demon of death
6. Strangulation
7. Avalanche
8. Ritual suicide (Harikiri)
9. Dancing to death
10. Jumping off a building
11. Snakebite
12. Burning at the stake

June Buffa Opera Quiz

  1. Il Trovatore
  2. Maria Stuarda
  3. William Tell
  4. Don Carlo
  5. Turandot
  6. Suor Angelica
  7. Parsifal

 

 

May Buffa Opera Quiz

  1.  The Flying Dutchman
  2.  The Magic Flute
  3. Così fan tutte (cozy fan tutti)
  4. Girl of the Golden West
  5. Macbeth OR Maria Stuarda
  6. The Elixir of Love
  7. Madama Butterfly (Farfalla in Italian)
  8. Carmen

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