What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts


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1. The music that always accompanies Darth Vader is an example of what?

2. An opera that features characters from Greek mythology would most likely be what kind of opera?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

An opera is essentially a play in which the actors' lines are sung rather than spoken. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the vocabulary and parts of opera. Some things you'll be assessed on include the various styles of singing in operas, like those that are narrative in nature, that emphasize the feelings of the characters, and the style that portrays characters who are gods, goddesses and heroes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to identify the following:

  • Style of singing in opera that is narrative in nature
  • Opera that emphasizes the feelings of the character by using rich melodies and accompaniments
  • Type of opera that uses highly ornamented arias to portray characters who are gods, goddesses and ancient heroes
  • Opera that often portrays the common man in comic situations
  • Term for the script or words for the opera

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the vocabulary associated with the opera
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of opera, the different styles of singing used in opera, and other relevant terms
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about scripts for operas and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the opera, review the accompanying lesson called What is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Operatic styles of singing
  • Styles of opera
  • Parts of the opera
  • Difference between libretto and supertitles