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102 questions in this category
Question: Why did Toscanini put down his baton and walk out in the middle of act III during the premiere of Puccini's Turandot at La Scala in 1926?
Question: Which three tenors formed the Three Tenors?
Question: What was the title of the Eurythmics only number one hit in the UK?

With thanks to Mr Lucky for fine tuning the question
Question: In Shanghai in 2000, the biggest ovation was when a soldier 'swept a trail of road apples' behind an elephant, camels, horses... what opera was it?
Question: Who composed the symphonic sketches known as 'La Mer'?

With thanks to Mike Mooney from Leeds for correcting this question
Question: Which chant, traditionally performed before certain sports events, starts with the following words (in its own language): It is death, it is death, it is life, it is life (bis) - This is the hairy man - Who brought the sun and caused it to shine

With thanks to Lynda Finn in New Zeland for fine tuning the question
Question: Who wrote the song 'White Christmas' (made famous by Bing Crosby)?
Question: Who recorded the 70's disco song "You're My First, My Last, My Everything"?
Question: A cappella is vocal music without instrumental accompaniment, but what does it mean?

With thanks to Anthony Anchors for fine tuning the answer
Question: Who skipped the light fandango with sixteen vestal virgins?
Question: U2 is the best selling music act from Ireland but who is the most successful (in terms of record sales) individual performer (2011)?
Question: Who was the lead singer of the band Them in the 1960s and has had a very successful solo career ever since?
Question: What kind of musical instrument is a bodhrán?
Question: Which band started life as 'Feedback' and then became 'The Hype' before settling on their current name?
Question: Who had a chart hit in 1981 with Vienna?
Question: Who sang "Walk on the Wild Side" in 1973?
Question: What are bow strings made of?
Question: Which group backed Martha Reeves?
Question: How many strings has a balalaika?
Question: In which Puccini opera do friends ply their landlord with drinks to avoid paying the rent?
Question: Who holds a trumpet on the Sgt. Pepper album?
Question: Who had a 1993 album called 'Diva'?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question What is the name of the musical based on the group 'Mecano'?
Question: Who is Vincent Furnier better know as?
Question: Which musical instrument did Karen Carpenter play?
Question: Percussionists have strange demands made of them by composers - to operate tape recordings of nightingales or to bash Rolls Royce springs, for example. In "The Rite of Spring" a percussionist must drop a tambourine absolutely flat on the floor, so it does not roll. Which composer made this unreasonable demand?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question A distinguished Spanish classical guitarrist, who played an unusual instrument with several extra strings, died recently. What was his name?
Question: Against the advice of her friends, Carmen (in Bizet's opera) leaves the bullring to see Don José outside. What is the result of the meeting?
Question: Chuck Berry wrote the first song that The Rolling Stones recorded. Which was it?
Question: Elvis Presley had a hit with a Carl Perkins song. Which one?
Question: Haydn's catalogue contains 104 symphonies, Mozart's 41. How many did Beethoven and Schubert write each? (They wrote the same number.)
Question: How many hours from Tulsa was Gene Pitney in 1963?
Question: If a violinist broke her G-string, she would have three strings left. Name the note to which any of them is tuned.
Question: In which opera do you find Lieutenant Pinkerton?
Question: On which LP cover can we read the words: 'Welcome the Rolling Stones'? (Snow White is also on the cover)
Question: The Beatles had several earlier names. Which wasn't one of them: The Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs, The Silver Beatles, Rory Storme and the Hurricanes?
Question: The Hard Rock Café is named after one side of an album by which band?

With thanks to John Polias for correcting this question
Question: The Who had an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. What for?
Question: What comes out of the little tap that drains a French horn (and other brass instruments)?
Question: What does the Bee Gees name mean?
Question: What is a Gopak?
Question: What is a Hurdy-Gurdy?
Question: What is Eric Clapton's nickname?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question What is the name of Beethoven's only opera, set in Spain?
Question: What is the nickname of Haydn's Symphony no. 101 in D major?
Question: What is the smallest size of a grand piano?
Question: What runs for 2,200 miles from Michigan Avenue in Chicago to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California?
Question: What was Sting before he became a rock star?
Question: Where does Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" take place?

With thanks to Brian Holt for correcting this question
Question: Who are Moon Unit, Diva, Dweezil, and Ahmet Rodan?
Question: Who is Declan Patrick McManus better known as?
Question: Who is Steveland Morris better known as?
Question: Who was Janis Joplin referring to when she said "I can't go out the same year because he's a bigger star"?
Question: Which recording company was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1960?
Question: Who was Derek in 'Derek and the Dominoes'?
Question: 'They say the neon lights are bright'. Where according to the song?
Question: Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe played with which band?
Question: Who has an album called 461 Ocean Boulevard?
Question: 'The Ballad of Mackie Messer' is the opening and closing lament of The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. By what name is it popular in versions by Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin and others?
Question: 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' was the 17th and last number one hit for the Beatles in the UK and it mentions getting married in a place 'near Spain'. Where did John Lennon and Yoko Ono get married?
Question: Who wrote hits such as 'Me and Bobby McGee', 'Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down', and 'Help Me Make It Through the Night'?
Question: Tom Tom Club was formed by two members of which famous band?
Question: Who had their first major hit in 1965 with 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'?
Question: The name of which musical instrument derives its name from the Greek for 'wood' and 'voice' meaning 'wooden sound'?
Question: Which British singer sang at JFK's inaugural ball and the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, and is the only person so far to have sung the theme song on more than one James Bond film (3)?
Question: Which song tells the story of an itinerant worker making tea at a bush camp and taking a sheep to eat? When the sheep's owner arrives with three policemen, he drowns himself in the watering hole and goes on to haunt the site.
Question: Who created the 'Wall of Sound' music production technique in the 1960s?
Question: Whose band was called the Tijuana Brass?
Question: What was Elvis Presley's main backup group called?
Question: Which was the first posthumous US pop chart no. 1?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Only two Spanish acts have ever reached no. 1 on the US Hot 100. Who?
Question: 'Strumming my pain with his fingers, singing my life with his words' is the first line of which song?
Question: What is Paul McCartney's middle name?
Question: Which song by whom? 'Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars, it's a hundred thousand light years side to side. It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick, but out by us it's just three thousand light years wide. We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point, we go 'round every two hundred million years. And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions, in this amazing and expanding universe.'
Question: Which musical opens with the song 'Food Glorious Food'?
Question: The first line of this song refers to whom? 'The most interesting thing about King ... is that he was five foot six inches tall at the start of his reign, but only four foot eight inches tall at the end of it'
Question: In which two operas does the character 'Figaro' appear?
Question: How was the 18th Century singer Carlo Maria Broschi better known?
Question: Who was Cho-Cho San?
Question: What is an Opera Buffa?
Question: Who were the comedians and the rock group associated with 'A Night at the Opera'?
Question: What is known as a Dudelsack or Doedelzak in Germany and the Netherlands, a Biniou or Musette de cour in France, a Zampogna in Italy, or Sackpfeiffe in Switzerland?
Question: What's the name of the wind instrument considered to be the national instrument of the Aboriginal people of Australia? It is a hollow tube between 1 and 3 metres long, technically an aerophone.
Question: What is the name of the hole or holes in a guitar or other string instrument?
Question: Which two singers were killed in a light plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 3rd, 1959, together with the Big Bopper and the pilot?
Question: Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for which song?
Question: Who did Jackie Paper love?
Question: Which songs open with the line 'are you ready Steve, uhuh, Andy, yeah, Mick, ok all right fellers let's gooooooooooooooooooooooo'?
Question: In Bizet's "Carmen", what is the profession of Escamillo?
Question: Which style of music was created in the late fifties by Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto in Brazil?
Question: On which record label was The Beatles 'Hey Jude' released?
Question: Which British singer has the middle name Hercules?
Question: Which jazz trumpeter was nicknamed Satchmo?
Question: What is Bono's (of U2) real name?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Which Spanish pop star composed the music for the Madrid bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games?
Question: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane' was on one side of a Double-A. What was on the other side?
Question: Who recorded the 1970 album 'Abraxas'?
Question: Who wrote the opera Turandot?
Question: Which band did Ronnie Wood leave to join the Rolling Stones?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Who recorded 'No es lo mismo', the best-selling Spanish album in 2003?
Question: Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison all joined Elvis at which recording label in the 50s?
Question: Who composed 'Die Fledermaus' (The Bat)?


Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Whitaker's Almanac, The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Collins Gem Fact File, Diccionario Enciclopédico Espasa 1 and Wikipedia.. This page layout was last updated on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 @ 1:28pm CEST (Europe/Madrid).

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