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The Life and Works of Rossini

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The Life and Works of Rossini game quiz
"As one of the most influencial opera composers of his time, Rossini had quite an interesting life!"

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1. The standard question when handling a famous person: when was Rossini born, and when did he die?
    1770 - 1827
    1685 - 1750
    1792 - 1868
    1756 - 1791


2. True or false: As a child prodigy, it's not really surprising both his parents were also talented musicians.
    True
    False


3. Very soon, he began attempts to write an opera. How old was Rossini when he wrote his first opera, written for the opera house of Venice?
    19
    16
    18
    17


4. Rossini continued to write several operas each year, for the different opera houses of Italy. Almost everywhere he got great success, but in which Italian city was he initially less successful?
    Naples
    Rome
    Venice
    Milan


5. Eventually, Rossini got successful even in Naples, and became musical and artistic director of the Teatro San Carlo. Did he write excusively for that company?
    Yes
    No


6. Guglielmo Tell, one of his more serious and longer operas, was not written for an Italian opera house. For which one was it written instead?
    Brussels
    London
    Vienna
    Paris


7. True or false: At first, "Il Barbiere di Siviglia", a supreme comedy written in 1816, was a complete failure, but eventually even Beethoven and Verdi admired this opera.
    True
    False


8. In 'La Gazza Ladra' the plot revolves around a theft. Who was the thief?
    a magpie
    the maid
    the dog
    nothing was stolen after all


9. Another charming opera is 'La Cenerentola', based on a fairy-tale. Do you know which one?
    Sleeping Beauty
    Snow White
    Cinderella
    Little Red Riding Hood


10. While still in Naples, Rossini wrote an opera based on a play by Shakespeare. What play was that?
    Hamlet
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Othello
    Romeo and Juliet


11. According to the stories, Rossini was very lazy, and wrote in his bed. Once he noticed on the evening of the premier, he 'forgot' to wrote an overture. The director of the opera house locked him in a room and threatened to throw him out of the window should he not provide him of an overture! For which opera was this, if we may believe this story?
    La Gazza Ladra
    Semiramide
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    Maometto II


12. Famous for his overtures, Rossini didn't write a new one for every opera! He re-used the overture from 'Elisabetta' for a more famous opera. Which one?
    La Gazza Ladra
    Guglielmo Tell
    Tancredi
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia


13. At the age of 37, Rossini stopped writing music, aside from some occasional works. What did he then do to fill his days?
    Giving music lessons
    Cookery and food
    Studied law and became eventually a lawyer
    Went into the politics


14. How many wives did Rossini have?
    0
    2
    1
    3


15. Finally, in which city did Rossini die?
    Naples
    Rome
    Paris
    Vienna


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Compiled Jun 28 12