William Shakespeare, the great Bard, was baptized on April 26, 1564, and many have attributed his birthday to April 23 of that year. He would die on that same day, April 23, 1616, after becoming arguably the most influential writer of his day.
To this day he remains in that pole position, though not without a slew of controversies over his true identity. That said, his art remains at the forefront of Western culture, adapted into a wide range of other artforms. To say that Shakespeare has continued to inspire is an understatement.
The opera world has seen some of its greatest works result from Shakespearean adaptations. The greatest composers of all time have taken some cue from Shakespeare at one point or another.
So here is a quiz to see how well you know Shakespeare’s influence on the opera world. Enjoy!