Now here's the best part:
Opera Atelier will be generously giving away 5 sets of 2 tickets (10 in all) to readers of the Collaborative Piano Blog for the performance of April 29th.
Here's how it works...
Competition Rules and Regulations
1. Write a short synopsis of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea in 140 characters or less. Be inventive, clever, cunning, witty, or snide. Just be aware you have only 140 characters in which to tell the story of the opera.
2. Once you've written the pint-sized synopsis, you have to do two things:
a) Email it to me at collaborativepiano [at] gmail dot com - this is so I can reach the authors of the winning entries.
b) Leave it as a comment on this posting so readers can follow the contest entries as they appear.
3. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 24 at 12pm Eastern Daylight Time. After that I'll go over all the entries, choose the winners, announce them in a separate post, and forward the winners' names and email addresses to the Opera Atelier office so they can be contacted by an OA staff member about how to pick up their free tickets on the 29th.
4. Note to Twitter users: if you're entering the competition and you want to rebroadcast your entry on Twitter, be sure to add the #poppea hashtag following your entry (which means that you'll only have 133 characters to write your synopsis).
5. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can either comment anonymously or invent a nom de plume for your comment. Just be sure to send me your real email address when you submit your entry to my email address (see 2a).
I would like to express heartfelt thanks to Opera Atelier for kindly making these tickets available to readers of the Collaborative Piano Blog. Best of luck to everyone!
(Photo of Peggy Kriha Dye and Michael Maniaci by Bruce Zinger)