Friday, February 25, 2011: New Contest!

Contest #3: Opera Olio

Like a crossword without the grid ...

Do you have trouble remembering the composer and title of operas? Can you identify the music but not the title? Or the title but not the composer?

If you have a “face blindness” for opera — you can sing every word in the shower, but when asked you can’t say the name of the opera or its composer — this quiz may help.

Here are 15 well-known operas — their titles and composers. Except they had a kind of mash-up in the shower, and everything’s all mixed up.

In the first column, the blank is the first word of the opera title, followed directly by the first name of its composer.

The third column contains the rest of the opera title. And the fourth column gives the last name of the composer.

Your task is to fill in the first blank: By reading the second and fourth columns you’ll see the name of the composer. For a hint at the opera title, look at the third column. Then fill in the rest of the title in the first column. It’s a kind of musical chairs, online.

It may not cure your “face blindness,” but it can be some fun. And it suggests some new opera titles, not to mention some pretty interesting-sounding composers!

Good luck! Have fun! (Answers are at the bottom of the page.)

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4

1 ____ Giacomo            Butterfly Puccini

(Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini)

2 ___ et Charles            Juliette Gounod

3 ___ Wolfgang Amadeus   Giovanni Mozart

4 ___ & Camille                 Dalila St-Saens

5 ___ Gioachino                Seville Rossini

6 ___ Leoš                         the Dead Janáček

7 __ Giacomo                    Bohéme Puccini

8 ___ & Christoph            Euridice Willibald Gluck

9 ____ Bedřich                 Bride Smetana

10 ____ Leoš                    Vixen Janáček

11 ____ Bohuslav              Mary Martinů

12 ___  Antonín                Kate Dvořák

13 ___ Antonín                 the Charcoal Burner Dvořák

14 ___ Leoš                      Kubanová Janáček

15 ___Wolfgang Amadeus    Figaro Mozart


1Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
2 Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod
3 Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
4 Samson & Delila by Camille St-Saens
5 The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
6 From the House of the Dead by Leoš Janáček
7 La Bohéme by Giacomo Puccini
8 Orfeo & Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck
9 The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana
10 The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček
11 The Miracles of Mary by Bohuslav Martinů
12 The Devil and Kate by Antonín Dvořák
13 The King and the Charcoal Burner by Antonín Dvořák
14 Kát’a Kubanová by Leoš Janáček
15 The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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