The Beginnings of Opera: Influences and Components

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Which of these instruments is NOT essential to opera?

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1. By the end of the 17th century, which of these cultures had NOT produced an opera?

2. What language does the word 'opera' come from?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Opera as a musical form may seem like it's been around forever, but everything has to begin somewhere, opera included. This assessment will test you on some points related to the origins and early incarnations of opera. Some things you'll be tested on include opera instrumentation and countries influential on early opera.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Instruments essential to opera music
  • Countries producing opera by the 17th century
  • The origin of the term opera
  • Plays from which opera evolved
  • The language of the first opera

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the assessment questions to ensure that you accurately recall the lesson's main points on the characteristics and early history of opera
  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you understand how and where opera originated, as well as the countries and languages important to its history
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the topic by answer the assessment questions on some key aspects of opera as a musical form, and especially its origins

Additional Learning

Go over more information on early opera with the associated lesson called The Beginnings of Opera: Influences & Components. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The origins of opera music
  • Drama of the Middle Ages
  • Influence of baroque music
  • Opera in different countries
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