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Giacomo Puccini

A Brief History of Italian Opera

Around the year 1600, Italian composers started writing theater pieces that use music all the way through them. Instead of speaking, characters in operas sing their lines. From Claudio Monteverdi, who wrote the earliest opera that is still performed, through Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini, Italy has produced some of the world’s finest opera composers.

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. The earliest opera that is still performed is

L'Orfeo by Monteverdi

Don Giovanni by Mozart

Tosca by Puccini

William Tell by Rossini


2.Most operas are written in which language?

Italian

German

French

Spanish


3. In Italian, Bel Canto means

Church bell

Beautiful singing

Cantata

Cheese


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