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QUIZ: How well do you known your Shakespearian operas?

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Test your knowledge of Shakespeare and opera with this little quiz. (Answers at the end.)

William Shakespeare

1. Stephen Storaci's "Gli Equivoci," in 1786, is one of the earliest Shakespearian operas. On which play is it based?

2. Which French composer wrote "Beatrice et Benedict" based on "Much Ado About Nothing"?

3. Which composer didn't write an opera based on "The Merry Wives of Windsor? Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Otto Nicolai or Ralph Vaughan Williams?

4. Which English composer wrote an opera based on "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

5. Which composer wrote "Das Liebesverbot" based on "Measure for Measure"?

6. "Der Widerspenstigen Zahmung" by Herman Goetz was based on which Shakespeare comedy?

7. Which German composer wrote an opera based on "King Lear"?

8. Ambroise Thomas wrote an opera based on which Shakespeare tragedy?

9. For the inauguration of the new house at Lincoln Center in 1966, the Metropolitan opera commissioned which composer to create an opera based on what Shakespeare play?

10. "Timon of Athens," which was premiered by the English National Opera in 1991, was written by what composer?

Giuseppe Verdi

 

Answers:

1. "Comedy of Errors"

2. Hector Berlioz

3. Mozart

4. Benjamin Britten

5. Richard Wagner

6. "The Taming of the Shrew"

7. Aribert Reimann

8. "Hamlet"

9. "Antony and Cleopatra," by Samuel Barber

10. Stephen Oliver, who died tragically at the age of 42 the year after the premiere.

Source: Questions and answers from www.funtrivia.com.

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Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: February 26, 2012
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