Spot the Plot .
Name the Opera or Musical from the brief summary of the plot.
The initials of the composer of the music are given.
1. A wandering minstrel is in love with the woman betrothed to the Lord High Executioner. The plot involves an attempt to prevent anyone from losing their head. AS
2. This is the tragic tale of forbidden love between an Ethiopian Princess and an Egyptian warrior. G V.
3. A young Prince is chased by a serpent, which he mistakenly believes is killed by a friendly birdcatcher. Our hero falls in love with a lady who has been kidnapped by an evil magician. The plot involves rites of initiation to the Temple of Light, and ends with the victory of light over darkness. WAM.
4. Four impoverished artists – a poet, painter, musician and philosopher, live together in Paris. The plot follows the ups and downs of their lives, ending with the death of the heroine. G P.
5. At an inquest into the death of an apprentice fisherman, the inhabitants of an East Anglian fishing village are not satisfied with the verdict of accidental death, and regard his boss as a violent criminal. B B
6. This is a romance between a fairground worker and a mill girl. Fifteen years after his death, the husband is given permission to return to earth for a day, to make amends to his widow and daughter. RR.
7. A fairy commits the crime of marrying a mortal, and her ensuing offspring is half human and half fairy. The plot involves a ward in Chancery and the House of Lords. AS.
8. The story takes place in Paris in the 19th Century, and involves Violetta, a courtesan, and Alfredo who aspires to be her lover. G V.
9. An orphan boy gets involved with a band of thieves. LB.
10. The plot concerns a love triangle between Zurga, head of a fishing village, his friend Nadir and the Princess Leila. GB.
11. This story concerns a village that comes to life once every 100 years. FL.
12. This opera is based on a true story from the French revolution. It concerns a woman, Leonore, whose husband has been imprisoned by his political rival. LVB.
13. In a Paris opera house, a disfigured genius becomes obsessed with a young ballet dancer. ALW.
14. The plot concerns the adventures of a serial seducer and his eventual come-uppance. WAM.
15. The hero attempts to recover his fiancée, Cornish Princess Emmeline, who has been abducted by the Saxon king Oswald. HP.
16. A musician is so bereft by the death of his wife, that he attempts to rescue her from the Underworld. JO.
17. This is a series of 4 operas following the story of a young man growing into manhood and is based loosely on characters from Norse sagas. RW.
18. The eponymous hero, a servant, is planning his wedding to a maid-servant, when he discovers that their master has tried to seduce her. He is set on revenge. WAM.
19. Count Almaviva is in love with the ward of Dr Bartolo, who plans to marry her himself. The Count disguises himself as a student. Confusion, disguises and deception ensue. G R.
20. A postulant nun takes on the role of 7 children, and teaches them to sing. RR.
Unscramble the anagrams to find Choral works. The composer's initials are given. Not all answers are in English
1. HAJILE _ _ _ _ _ _ FM. Elijah. Felix Mendelssohn
2. ALGORI _ _ _ _ _ _ AV Gloria. Antonio Vivaldi
3. TIGEY PRALINES _ _ _ _ _ _/ _ _/ _ _ _ _ _ GFH Israel in Egypt. George Frideric
4. REACTION. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ JH. Creation. Joseph Haydn
5. KNIGHT MODE _ _ _ /_ _ _ _ _ _ _ EE The Kingdom. Edward Elgar
6. MASHIES _ _ _ _ _ _ _ GFH Messiah. George Frideric
7. FRANSIAN CACTUS _ _ _ _ _ _ _/_ _ _ _ _ _ _ DF . African Sanctus. David
8. MASONS. _ _ _ _ _ _ GFH Samson. George Frideric
9. FREED STRONG MIAOU _ _ _ _ _/_ _/_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ EE
Dream of Gerontius. Edward Elgar
10. CROME ECUMEC _ _ _ _/_ _ _/ _ _ _ _ PM Ecce cor meum.
11. POKED HIT TAZERS _ _ _ _ _/ _ _ _/ _ _ _ _ _ _ GFH Zadok the Priest. Handel
12. SALMON NESS _ _ _ _ _ _/_ _ _ _ JH Nelson Mass. Joseph Haydn
13. PRESSEV _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CM Vespers. Claudio Monteverdi
14. ABACUS CUED JAMAS _ _ _ _ _/_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ GFH Judas Maccabaeus. Handel
15. RAW QUIREME _ _ _/_ _ _ _ _ _ _ BB War Requiem. Benjamin Britten
16. FIRE SON RIPS STABLE _ _ _ _ _/_ _ _ _/_ _/ _ _ _ _ _ _ HP
Blest Pair of Sirens. Hubert Parry
17. CHEQUES SEMI REUNITED _ _ _/ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _/ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ JB
Ein Deutsches Requiem . Johannes Brahms
18. HACKS SUMMER TIE _ _ _/ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ EE. The Musicmakers. Elgar.
19. CRETINS L’AN DU CHEF _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _/_ _/_ _ _ _ _ _ HB
L’Enfance du Christ. Hector Berlioz
20. OILCAN STAINS _ _ _ _ _/ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ BB Saint Nicolas. Benjamin Britten
21. I DREAM SCENES OUT. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _/ _ _/ _ _ _ _ _ RVW
Serenade to Music. Ralph Vaughan Williams
22. I ROAST ROACH OR MIST _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _/_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ JSB
Christmas Oratorio. J S Bach.
The clues are musical works of all kinds , which have animals (that includes birds, fish and
insects) in the titles . Find the animals.
A little research may be necessary, and maybe a little lateral thinking.
1. A piece written by Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera, The Tale of Tsar Saltan.........A: TheFlight of the Bumblebee.
2. An opera in 3 acts by Giacomo Puccini ....... A: Madame Butterfly
3. A song recorded by Jimmy Nail in the 1990s.......A: Crocodile Shoes
4. An operetta by Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus...... A:The bat.
5. A famous duet by Rossini. Mozart wrote one too.....A: The cat duet.
6. Music written by Prokofiev as a child s introduction to the orchestra ......A: Peter and
7. A melodrama or opera semiseria by Rossini.......A: The Thieving Magpie.
8. A short work by Ralph Vaughan Williams, inspired by an 1881 poem by George
Meredith ......A: The Lark ascending.
9. Violin concerto in A major by Georg Philipp Telemann. .....A:The Frogs
10. Music about a blood-sucking insect, by Modest Mussorgsky......A: The song of the Flea.
11. There is a whole zoo in this suite by Camille Saint-Saens........A: The Carnival of the
12. A musical by Lerner and Loewe, 1958. The film starred Leslie Caron.....A: Gigi.
A horse. Sorry!
13. An organ concerto by Handel......A:The Cuckoo and the Nightingale.
14. A plaintive request about a canine companion. A novelty song by Bob Merrill. 1952
A: How much is that doggie in the window?
15. A piano quintet in A major by Franz Schubert.......A: The Trout Quintet
16. Incidental music by Vaughan Williams, 1909.......A: The Wasps
17. This Ravel piece involves a pantomime bird........A: The Mother Goose Suite.
18. A wartime song, made famous by Flanagan and Allen........A: Run Rabbit Run.
19. A work by Messian for flute and piano, first performed in 1952.........A: The Blackbird
20. A ballet by Tchaikovsky......A: Swan lake
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