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Italian for fellowship or society
a drama that is sung to orchestral accompaniment
a theatrical experience offering overwhelming excitement and emotion by fusing music, acting, poetry, dance, scenery, and costumes.
demands performers who can sing and act simultaneously
the text of the opera
the person who writes the text to the opera
the person who writes the music to the opera
a song for solo voice with orchestral accompaniment
a vocal line that imitates the rhythms and pitch fluctuations of speech.
from the Italian word for recite.
a purely orchestra composition which draws musical material that is heard later in the opera.
composed by Claudio Monteverdi in 1607
Orfeo's wife who died and descended into the underworld.
Ceremonial Occasions at court
opera was composed for ...
Greek Gods and Goddesses
Baroque opera characters were usually based on...
Venice in 1637
The first public opera house was opened in...
the earliest operatic masterpiece
one of the most important composers of the learly baroque era.
His works form a musical bridge between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and greatly influenced composers of the time.
wrote madrigals, church music, and opera. All his music is for voices, ordinarily supported with a basso continuo and other instruments.
Tu se' morta
means "You are dead"
Tu se' morta
is a recitative from Orfeo
Tu se' morta
this recitative uses several examples of word painting
Ground Bass or basso ostinato
a musical idea in the bass which is repeated over and over while melodies above it change.
means obstinate or persistent bass
Dido and Aeneas
written in 1689 by Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas
was written for students at a girls' boarding school
... is the queen of Carthage
... is the king of the defeated Trojans.
"When I am laid in earth" or Dido's Lament
a ground bass is the musical anchor for which famous baroque aria?
This opera is the story of Don Juan which is titled...
This opera based on the story of Don Juan was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1787.
this opera based on the story of Don Juan was written in the Classical era.
This opera is a unique blend of comic and serious opera, combining seduction and slapstick with violence and the supernatural.
Don Giovanni's comic man servant
The young noblewoman Don Giovanni attempts to rape.
the "Catalog" aria in which Leporello tells Donna Elvira how many, and what types, of women Don Giovanni has slept with.
a noblewoman who Don Giovanni has slept with and deserted.
In the Classical era, operatic plots were drawn not from the ancient tales of Gods and Goddesses, but from...
1813-1901, the most popular of all opera composers, was born in a tiny village.
he was happily married and they had 2 children, but while still in their 20's, his wife and children died.
In which opera is the main character is a hunchback?
Which composer wrote for the masses instead of the musical elite?
Expressive vocal melody
What is considered the soul of a Verdi opera?
Rigoletto was written in 1851 by
The character Rigoletto is a hunchback and a...
The King of France
The Duke of Mantua is a representation of which real life person?
In the Romantic era, characters and plots were drawn from...
Operas based on plots and characters drawn from real life are called...
He was elected deputy to the first Italian parliament to meet after Italy became a nation.
"Vittorio Emmanuel, Re D'Italia" or Victor Emmanuel, King of Italy.
The political slogan, Viva Verdi!, stood for...
La donna è mobile
"Woman is Fickle"
The Duke of Mantua
La donna e mobile is sung by...
1858-1924, created some of the best loved operas, came from a long line of composers and church organists.
very expressive harmonies
The heart of a Puccini opera is his use of ...
he minimized the difference between arias and recitatives to create continuity in his operas.
is translated as "The Bohemian Life"
La Bohème is what type of opera?
The main female character in La Bohème is...
The main male character in La Bohème is...
She dies of consumption (tuberculosis)
He is a poet
to light her candle
When Rodolfo and Mimi meet, she comes to his apartment to ask him ...
In which musical era was La Bohème written?
In which musical era was Don Giovanni written?
1885-1935, born in Vienna, wrote music that was a unique synthesis of traditional and 20th century elements.
student of Arnold Schoenberg
written between 1917-1922 by Alban Berg
the book upon which this opera is based was written in the 1830s.
The main character in the story Wozzeck is a ...
He murders her
He is betrayed by the woman he loves and he does what?
The woman Wozzeck loves is named...
commits suicide by drowning
After Wozzeck murders Marie, he ...
In the opera Wozzeck's suicide scene is reminiscent of which great Shakespearean character?
because he dies while trying to wash the stain of murder off his hands - it just won't come off.
Why is the suicide scene reminiscent of Lady Macbeth?
The opera Wozzeck uses what development in the element of harmony?
The opera Wozzeck uses what new style of singing?
means "Speech Singing"
this new style of singing was created by the composer Arnold Schoenberg
Atonality is a development of harmony in which musical era?
harsh dissonances and intense distortions of pitch and dynamic ranges.
The tensions and emotional torments in this opera are created by using