Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Opera Atelier Ticket Giveaway: 5 Readers Will Each Win 2 Tickets to April 29 Poppea Performance

One of Toronto's most anticipated operatic events of the season is opening in a few days: Opera Atelier's production of The Coronation of Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi at the Elgin Theatre from April 25 to May 2. This production will feature an all-star lineup of singers, including Michael Maniaci, Kimberley Barber, João Fernandes, Carla Huhtanen, Peggy Kriha Dye, Cory Knight, Olivier Laquerre, Laura Pudwell, Vicki St. Pierre, Tracy Smith Bessette, and Curtis Sullivan.

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)


  1. Alright, a first attempt:

    Attempted murder
    Disguise - Mixup - Confession
    Things we do for "love"

  2. what fun!

    Poppeas gossip has Senaca fall on his knife while Nero plots much evil for sex after Ottavia is banished Poppea becomes Empress - Amore win

  3. Thanks Gerrit and Opera Gal!

  4. great submissions! our Operatxt for the student dress rehearsal program:

    Top dog dumps wife 2 marry gf. BFF kills self. New Queen happy?

  5. Power, lust and deception. Poppia seduces Nero to become empress

  6. Thanks, Danny. We now have three candidates for the contest--Jane's submission was a demo and won't be included in the contest judging.

  7. trumped by amore...
    act 1 Ottoning sins, cards laid out, Poppea-wrath-see?
    act 2 rage, a lull and a stay
    act 3 Neo-Pop power chords (fade)

  8. OperaGeek11:52 PM

    I decided to write mine in a form of a haiku.

    Hopefully it's creative enough:

    Fate of Poppea
    For the crown, heart of Nero
    by Monteverdi


  9. These are all great! we are also asking those attending to send us your blog review - if you can make it twitterable, that's great! - we will post some on our OA blog and twitter after the show!

  10. Hey all you Poppea-synopsis-distilling CPB readers--I'm going to be at the April 29th performance. I'll have to get OA to arrange a photo op with the winners.

    Just over 15 hours left and counting...

  11. With apologies to Oscar Wile. The bad end happily and the good, unhappily.

  12. Thanks, Kashania! Be sure to email me so I can get your contact info.

  13. Anonymous9:35 AM

    To hell with virtue and fortune, Love Conquers All! (That's Amore, And They Called it Poppy Love)

  14. That's OK, Chris. I work for OA so I don't qualify for the contest. :)

  15. The contest is now closed. Kashania, I loved your miniplot, but you're not eligible for the tickets since you work for OA.

    I'll pick the winners in the next few minutes.