Sarasota, FL – Sarasota Opera is among the over twenty opera companies in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the United States offering prizes to the winner of the #OperaPlot Twitter contest. The competition challenges participants to summarize the plot of an opera in 140 characters or less and post it on the social networking site Twitter as a “tweet” (a Twitter message). All entries must include “#operaplot” in order to be considered.
The contest will run from 9 a.m. EST Monday April 27, 2009 to Midnight EST Sunday, May 3, 2009. Three winners will be selected by internationally renowned soprano Danielle De Niese.
#operaplot is the brainchild of “Miss Mussel” otherwise known as Marcia Adair, a freelance classical music journalist from Canada. She writes regular criticism for the Waterloo Region Record and has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Guardian (UK) and the Guelph Mercury. Most of her classical music writing is done at http://TheOmniscientMussel.com, a website.
The first #operaplot contest was held in late March. The winning entry was a synopsis of Puccini’s La bohème:
“Seamstress pals around with bohemians in a December-May affair Receives muff as parting gift.”
The first contest generated international attention and as a result TheOminiscientMussel conceived of asking opera companies to offer prizes for a second contest. Sarasota Opera is offering a pair of prime seats to any Sarasota Opera performance to the winner. A full list of participating opera companies can be found at http://theomniscientmussel.com/2009/04/operaplot-prize-partners/.
Press Coverage of the First Contest
About Sarasota Opera
Based in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera will be celebrating its 50th Season in 2008-09. In 1960 the company began presenting chamber-sized repertoire in the historic 320 seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art. Recognizing the need for a theater more conducive to opera, the company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater in downtown Sarasota in 1979 and first performing in it in 1984 as the Sarasota Opera House. The theater has just undergone a $20 million renovation and rehabilitation enhancing audience amenities, while updating the technical facilities including increasing the size of the orchestra pit. The theater, which reopened in March 2008 has been called “one of Americas finest venues for opera” by Musical America.
Since 1983 the company has been under the artistic leadership of Victor DeRenzi. Since then the company has garnered international attention with its Masterwork Revivals Series, which presents neglected works of artistic merit, as well as the Verdi Cycle producing the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi. Recognizing the importance of training, Maestro DeRenzi founded the Apprentice Artist and Studio Artist programs. Sarasota Opera also maintains a commitment to education through its OPERA-tion performances for local schools and the unique Sarasota Youth Opera program.
Sarasota Opera has recently announced its 51st season. Building on the success of its first fall production in 2008, the company will produce Verdi’s La traviata for six performances running October 30 through November 11. The Winter Opera Festival will return on February 6 with the perennial double bill of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The season will also include Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Verdi’s rarely heard Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc) will be given as part of the company’s Verdi Cycle, an effort designed to produce all of the composer’s works. Giovanna d’Arco will be the 26th Verdi opera given by the company.
Subscriptions Sarasota Opera’s 2009-10 season are on sale at the box office at (941) 366-8450, ext. 1, 1-888-OPERA-12, or in person at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. Single tickets for all operas will be onsale at www.saraostaopera.org beginning August 1. Box office sales for the fall production of La traviata will begin August 17 and single tickets for all other operas will go on sale on September 1, 2009.
Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.