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    Lightbulb * What's the connection between these opera's? Can you figure it out? *

    What's the connecting theme between these opera's?

    There may be more thank one.

    A theme may not necessarily use all 5 of the opera's....


    * Candide - Bernstein

    * Beatrice & Benedict - Berlioz

    * Merry wives of Windsor - Nicolai

    * L'elisir d'amore - Donizetti

    * Midsummer Night's Dream - Britten

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    Three of them are based on Shakespeare.
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    Three of them - Berlioz, Nicolai & Britten are based on Shakespeare. Three of them involve quarrelling lovers - Berlioz, Britten & Donizetti - they are either quarrelling or feigning indifference. In Nicolai and Britten the lovers finally come together in a forest.

    I have seen Candide many years ago but can't remember much about it. Just checked - it has lovers who become separated but finally reunited - cf. Britten and Nicolai (kept apart rather than separated).

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    Each of the five come from different countries/are in different languages (if you count British English and American English). The five countries are:

    USA
    France
    Germany
    Italy
    UK

    The five countries make up the G5. That's my theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mezzo View Post
    What's the connecting theme between these opera's?

    There may be more thank one.

    A theme may not necessarily use all 5 of the opera's....


    * Candide - Bernstein

    * Beatrice & Benedict - Berlioz

    * Merry wives of Windsor - Nicolai

    * L'elisir d'amore - Donizetti

    * Midsummer Night's Dream - Britten
    I was trying to think of similarities but only some of the works are in focus

    Librettos - Bernstein was composer and also contributed to the libretto for Candide, Berlioz wrote the libretto for Beatrice & Benedict, Britten wrote his own libretto for Midsummer Night's Dream with Peter Pears - Nicolai and Donizetti don't fit unless the theme is re-using old stories since L'elisir d'amore has a libretto by Romani but apparently inspired by Scribe

    Other posters have already suggested the stories are based on plays by Shakespeare for Berlioz, Nicolai and Britten. Candide is based on Voltaire so there could be a poetry/literature link.

    When I see L'elisir d'amore mentioned I remember that it references the story of Tristan und Isolde - I don't know the other works well enough to know if they involve meta-references to other love stories as well...

    Interesting quiz!

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    Their librettists don't form plurals with apostrophe-s?

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    The all include someone drinking a bit too much alcohol (guessing as i don't know all of these operas).
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