Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart


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What is an opera?

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1. Which of the following is a characteristic of an opera seria?

2. How does opera buffa differ from opera seria?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While many unfamiliar with the medium assume that all opera is nothing more than fat and strangely-dressed people singing at each other in a foreign language, opera actually comes in different types, each with their own unique characteristics. You can learn more about these types of opera with the quiz questions attached to this lesson. The questions will assess you on important points related to the types of opera, such as the characteristics of each major type and some famous opera composers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on

  • The definition of opera
  • The characteristics of opera seria
  • The differences between opera seria and opera buffa
  • The operas of Mozart and Wagner

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - go through these assessment questions and test your understanding of the different types of opera and the composers who made notable contributions to each type
  • Defining key concepts - in order to understand opera, make sure that you know the definitions of major subtypes of opera, such as opera seria and opera buffa
  • Distinguishing differences - use the quiz questions to test not only your understanding of the definitions of each type of opera, but also your ability to distinguish one type from another

Additional Learning

To learn more about the different types of opera, review the corresponding lesson called Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of opera
  • Opera buffa
  • Opera seria
  • The operas of Mozart and Wagner