Is this a good month to test your musical knowledge?
1. Referencing roses and jasmine, what name is popularly given to the duet sung by the title character and Mallika in Delibes’s Lakmé?
2. Premiered over 30 years after its completion, which composer’s 1927 ‘Gothic’ Symphony is the longest ever performed at the BBC Proms? 3. Named after the patron saint of music, which Handel cantata was premiered on 22 November 1739?
4. In Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which character’s eponymous aria is famous for peaking at the third F above middle C?
5. Which 1905 Franz Lehár operetta’s memorable moments include the ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s’?
6. A 1799 mass by Haydn took its name from Emperor Francis
II’S wife (above), who herself had previously sung as a soloist in The Creation. Can you name both the empress and the mass?
7. Though not heard until Act IV of his original incidental music for Ibsen’s play, which movement opens Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1? 8. Which Verdi opera features the aria ‘Invano Alvaro’, which later became familiar to many in adapted form in the 1986 film Jean de Florette and in a series of TV ads for ‘reassuringly expensive’ lager? 9. Premiered in 2008, which entomological opera by Howard Shore is based loosely on a wellknown 1986 film for which Shore wrote the soundtrack?
10. Taking one word from each of the nine answers so far, what other word might you link with them to provide the theme to this quiz?
See p115 for answers