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MOZART TRIVIA V

41) In Bastien and Bastienne, which character recites a nonsense aria filled with random syllables?


In "Diggi, daggi, shurry, murry", Colas, a soothsayer, performs a love spell that consists of random syllables and Latin quotations.

42) Which is the tenor role in Così fan tutte?


Ferrando, the lover of Dorabella, can only be sung by a tenor because of the high tessitura of the role.

43) Who conducted the first performance of The Marriage of Figaro?


Mozart himself directed the first two performances, conducting seated at the keyboard, the custom of the day. Later performances were conducted by Joseph Weigl.

44) What was the name of Mozart's father?


Mozart's father was Leopold Mozart, a German composer, conductor, teacher, and violinist. Aside from his famous son, Leopold is best known for his violin textbook Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule.

45) Which of Mozart's operas did Charles Gounod call "a work without blemish, of uninterrupted perfection"?


Gounod praised Don Giovanni in Mozart's Don Giovanni: A Commentary.

46) What was the name of Mozart's mother?


Anna Maria Walburga Mozart (née Pertl) was the mother of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Maria Anna Mozart.

47) What was the name of Mozart's firstborn son?


The composer's firstborn son was Raimund Leopold Mozart (1783-1783) who did not survive childhood.

48) Who was the first librettist chosen by Mozart himself?


The first librettist chosen by Mozart himself appears to have been Giambattista Varesco, for Idomeneo in 1781. Five years later, he began his most enduring collaboration, with Lorenzo Da Ponte, his "true phoenix".

49) Who was the first singer to perform the role of Don Giovanni?


On October 29, 1787, Luigi Bassi played the title role in the Prague premiere production of Don Giovanni.

50) Who employed Mozart as a court musician?


After returning with his father from Italy in 1773, Mozart was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Mozart would remain in this position until 1777 when he resigned.

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