‘Opera’ is the Italian word for ‘work’ and an abbreviation of ‘Opera in musica’. An opera is a drama to be sung with instrumental accompaniment by one or more singers usually in costume and with scenery. As well as singing, this may include recitative or spoken dialogue. Questions should relate directly to the subject of opera.

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What is The Mikado opera about?

It satires politics and institutions [actually aimed at the British] by disguising them as Japanese. The main themes being death and cruelty but treated them trivial even light-hearted issues. Just to show that political correctness is not confined to today - the British government banned performances of The Mikado from London for six weeks when Prince Fushimi Sadanaru made a state visit in 1907 fearing that he would be offended. However he complained because he had wanted to see the Mikado just like Prince Komatsu Akihito had when he had been in London.

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What is classical opera?

Classical Opera is generally considered to a musical theatre production where the singers need a classically trained voice to be heard over the orchestra without benefit of amplification. Generally, classical operas are sung all the way through - works that have spoken dialogue are usually referred to as Operetta.

There are exceptions to both of these conditions - certain works that are technically operettas have become opera house standards and so no such distinction is made - two notable examples being Mozart's The Magic Flute and Strauss' Die Fledermaus. And some opera houses use ambient mics and "reinforcement" to deal with acoustical inadequacies of the house.

But in musical theatre, where mics are hidden in wigs or costumes (or ugh! visible like phone operators), the demands on the voice are greatly reduced and so these productions are generally referred to as "musicals."

Opera began in the late 16th century in Italy (it actually sprang from an attempt to revive ancient Greek theatre) and new works continue to be written today (Phillip Glass, Jake Heggie, William Bolcom, to name a few current composers). Most of the modern repertory of what is considered "classical" opera, however, runs from the period of Mozart (18th century) to the early 20th century works of Puccini.

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Who is the princess in a Wagner opera?

Isolde, from Tristan und Isolde


How long is the opera La Boheme?

It's in 4 acts, but none of them are that long. Add the three intermissions at 15 to 20 minutes, though, and it is well over 3 hours. May sound like a long time, but again, that's with nearly an hour of intermissions, so it's really not much longer than the average movie - and it's a very accessible and enjoyable work.


Are all operas in Italian?

No. Operas have been written in virtually every language.


Who was the eponymous hero of a monteverdi opera?


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Why is the opera house in Paris important?

The Paris Opera House's name Garnier created by Charles Garnier was the inspiration for Gaston Leroux to write The Phantom of the Opera. During construction, they ran into a subterranean waterway and had to build the Opera House over it. Certain times of the year, you can go and visit this level.

Paris Opera House Garnier is important to people of Paris, it represent beauty and still standing all these years through Napoleon Wars, World War 1, World War 2. It is breathing taking on the outside and the interior is something to be awe of its splendor. It is used to this day for Ballet.

Paris Opera House Bastille is used for Opera. It built in 1968 as a memorial to storming of the Bastille.

Awful incidents took place at the Opéra Garnier, like the fall of the big lustre Chandelier on May 20th 1896, which killed a woman during the performance of the Faust of Goethe. Some people say that she occupied the number 13 seat... A pupil of the Opéra Garnier ballet class fell on the thirteenth step of the great staircase. Furthermore, the Opera House's underground was the scene of the most dreadful crimes during the Commune and people still think it is haunted because a skeleton was discovered there.

Paris Commune were similar to extreme left, almost communistic ideas, they were trying to over throw Paris, some were prisoners of Opera House Garnier's basement.

Gaston Leroux was a reporter and theatre critic for L'Echo de Paris and international reporter and correspondent for Le Matin Newspaper, he was involved in the investigation in depth coverage of the former Paris Opera House which was for Ballet Company, upon discovery, in the basement held prisoners of the Paris Commune. In 1907 he leaves the newspaper, started writing mystery novels to turn into films he and Arthur Bernede started together the Society des Cineromans.


How is Tauride in Gluck opera pronounced?

Iphigenie en Tauride (Iphigenia in Taurus) is pronounced

ee fee zhay NEE aw taw REED.

Singers will pronounce the last word "taw REE duh" when they sing. This is an old pronunciation convention that his upheld in singing and in poetry, but not in every-day speech.

Iphigenie should have an acute (bottom left to upper right) accent over the first "e." This is why the "ge" is pronounced "zhay" instead of "zhuh"


Which Franz Lehar operetta has the song vilja?

This is from the operetta "The Merry Widow"

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Who owns the rights to Pirates of Penzance?

Pirates of Penzance is in public domain. This means no one owns the rights and you don't need to pay anyone or have anyone's permission to use it.

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What opera is nessun dorma from?

Nessun Dorma, which means "none shall sleep," is from Puccini's Turandot.


Who is carnegie hall named after?

Carnegie Hall is named after Philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie who constructed the venue in 1891.


What does la traviata mean in English?

According to Wikipedia:

"The title 'La traviata' means literally The Woman Who Strayed, or perhaps more figuratively, The Fallen Woman. "


Who sings the aria Habanera?

Carmen, the main character in Bizet's opera.

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You weren't always Britain's fastest selling mezzo-soprano -- you actually started as a schoolteacher! Why did you decide to make the career transition from teaching to music?

Yes, I was a singing teacher! I was very young in my class at The Royal Academy of Music so after my undergraduate degree, I decided to take a couple of years let my voice develop more & to earn the money to return to the postgraduate opera school. I started teaching and absolutely loved it (in fact, am still in touch with many of my students). A few months into teaching I got offered my recording contract so I continued teaching for a year, whilst I made the album but when things went crazy, I felt I had to stop. I seriously hope to go back to it one day!

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What is the opera La Boheme about?

The 4 act opera by Puccini revolves around four bohemians who share a flat in Paris around 1830. Rodolfo a poet [tenor] Marcello a painter [baritone] Schaunard a musician [baritone] Colline a philosopher [bass] And features the story of Rodolfo's love for Mimi [real name Lucia] a seamstress. They find love, fall-out and make up before she dies. There are numerous intertwined stories etc concerning the others.

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Did Jessye Norman have children?

Don't believe she has kids, that is that she hasn't been living a double life o.o

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What is the term for an Opera solo?


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Was Harry Houdini double jointed?

Is it not true that Houdini was totally double jointed and could dislocate and re-align his shoulders. There was no one "secret" to Houdini's ability to escape from handcuffs, but a combination of technical knowledge, physical skill, and trickery. It all started with what one locksmith who knew him called his "remarkable knowledge of locks and locking devices." Houdini collected and studied locks all of his life and claimed that he had "photographic eyes" that helped him remember how each type worked and could be opened. Most of the time Houdini used a key hidden in or smuggled into the cabinet or jail cell, either on his person or by an assistant. Depending on how he was bound, Houdini would manipulate the keys with his hands -- sometimes using specially designed extension rods -- or with his teeth. But he also knew tricks for opening many of the simpler types of cuff without keys.

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What was Pavarotti's signature song?

Here goes nothing, And if it is not I'm really sorry! But it certainly should be: NESSUN DORMA I Second that... I'd have to agree, he was a fabulous tenor and he'll be truly missed.


In Verdi's La Traviata Violetta sings what when unsure of herself?

in a lower key

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Violetta sings "Ah, fors'è lui" thinking Alfredo may be the one for her, but unsure of her feelings. By the time she sings the cabaletta, "Sempre libera," she's convinced herself he isn't the one and she should enjoy her life of freedom.

answer is in recitative..(just took test)

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Summary of the story of William tell?

One day an Austrian soldier tried to assault Leuthold's (a Shepard) daughter. Leuthold kills the guard in defence and William tell helped him escape. William tell was the best cross-bower in the world, however as he helped luethold, Gessler (the ruler of Austria) had him arrested. Gessler decided he would let tell live if he could split an apple from his sons head with a single bolt. He successfully did this but says that if he had missed he would have shot Gessler. Gessler tries to capture tell but tell shoots him through the heart in a battle. This was a very short and vague summary but i hoped it helped.

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What are some famous songs of Pavarotti?

== == == == Luciano Pavarotti's "signature" piece, one he always sang at concerts and that was strongly associated with him, was an aria (a melodic song) called "Nessun Dorma" from the opera Turandot, by Puccini. It is very lyrical and ends with thrilling high notes that he always delivered with a lot of dramatic emphasis.

He was also famous for his roles in the operas La Boheme, by Puccini, and Il Trovatore, by Verdi, and many more. Pavarotti also liked to sing traditional Italian songs, such as "Funiculi, Funicula" and "O Sole Mio."

Maestro Pavarotti was a phemonenally gifted singer and much-beloved performer whose larger-than-life personality was matched by an incredible voice. It was a privilege to be alive while he was among us.

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Is Adele dead?

No, Adele is currently still alive.


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