Monday, October 19, 2009

4th Birthday Ticket Contest: Opera Atelier Will Give Away 2 Pairs of Tickets to Iphigénie en Tauride in Toronto

On November 7, the Collaborative Piano Blog will be celebrating its 4th birthday. To mark this event, Opera Atelier will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to its upcoming Toronto production of Iphigénie en Tauride at the Elgin Theatre running from October 31 to November 7.

OA's production of Iphigénie en Tauride will feature Peggy Kriha Dye in the title role, as well as Kresimir Spicer as Oreste, and Thomas Macleay as Pylade. Andrew Parrott will lead the Tafelmusik Orchestra playing on period instruments.

To win a pair of free tickets to Iphigénie en Tauride, answer the following questions:

Who is your favorite opera heroine? Why?

There will be two winners: one for the first entry and one for the best entry.

Here's how it works...

Competition Rules and Regulations

1. Answer the question "Who is your favorite opera heroine? Why?"

2. Once you've answered the two questions, 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. As soon as the first entry is received in both my inbox and on the blog comments, I'll announce the first winner and put them in touch with OA so they can receive their free tickets. Whoever wins the prize for first entry will be ineligible for the prize for best entry.

4. The deadline for entries is Thursday, October 22 at 9pm EDT. After that I'll go over all the entries (except for the first), choose the best entry, announce them in a separate post, and forward the winner's name and email address to the Opera Atelier office so they can be contacted by an OA staff member about how to pick up their free tickets.

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) Be sure to email me your answer before you submit it as a blog comment.

Thanks for following the Collaborative Piano Blog and I look forward to reading your submissions!

Update: Both winners have been announced, and their entries can be read here.


  1. Congratulations on your accomplishment! 4 years, pretty much makes you an "ancient" blogger by today's standards. Good luck with your contest, what a great idea!

    J. Pisano ~MusTech.Net

  2. Anonymous1:03 PM

    Iphigenie, of course. As a child the story of Abraham’s willingness to kill his son consumed me. When I discovered the story of Iphigenie, her heartsicknesses at sacrificing the man who is her brother resonated with me as the more magical, fantastical version of the Abrahmic myth of obedience.

  3. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Leonore - Fidelio

    It may seem like the obvious choice but she truly epitomizes courage, perseverance, and strength! She disguises herself, pretends to be a man, staves off the romantic advances of Marzelline ALL in an effort to rescue her husband who has been taken in as a political prisoner and will ultimately be put to death.

    WHAT A COOL CHARACTER! She is so strong! AND she gets to do all of this whilst singing such technically demanding, yet inherently stunning music. What more could you want, really.

    Leonore is amazing!

  4. Thank you, anonymous chooser of Iphigenie - you've just won the first pair of tickets to Iphigenie en Tauride.

    Anonymous Leonore-chooser, thank you and your entry will be put aside for adjudication on Thursday night when the contest closes.

  5. Anonymous9:21 PM

    I missed the early bird prize, but I want to play...:)

    I choose Magda Sorel from Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul. She is my favourite opera heroine not only because she is a strong, sympathetic character whose perseverance and devotion is breathtaking (and who is all the more real and sympathetic for her tragic end), but because she is fighting not only for herself, not only for her husband, but also for her baby - and for the freedom of the people who share her life in their state of political oppression.

    Menotti's writing vividly highlights the drama of the situation and the characters' emotions. I absolutely cannot listen to a recording of the opera without crying at the end.

  6. Thanks for the submission! Keep them coming - only two days left!

  7. The contest is now over! The final winner will be announced shortly.