Twitter addicts can't have forgotten it: last year #operaplot set the Twitterverse ablaze. And it's back: for this week only, it's time to challenge your inventive powers and sum up the plot of an opera in 140 characters (which have to include the #operaplot tag). It's a contest devised by Canadian journalist Marcia Adair, blogmeisterin of The Omniscient Mussel. Last year's competition was judged by Danielle de Niese and this year Miss Mussel has recruited the one and only Jonas Kaufmann as the star who will choose five clever winners...
Opera houses around the world from San Francisco to Australia are offering prizes, headlined by Dublin Opera Theatre which is stumping up two tickets for Figaro, 3 nights in a hotel and money towards the air fare. Universal is also offering CDs and DVDs as location-busting awards.
Marcia says: "I'm doing this mostly because it's fun. Opera fans are usually pretty nerdy and love to play games, so #operaplot is a really good fit." Sure enough, last year everyone went nuts doing limericks, haiku et al...
Anyone with a Twitter account can take part and you can send up to 10 entries [UPDATE, TUESDAY 27TH: maximum number has now been extended to 25 entries!]. #operaplot opens on Monday 26 April and deadline is midnight EST on Friday 30 April. Happy tweeting!
...I'm back, too, having been attended by some kind of miracle while travelling: our plane took off just hours before the airspace closed and we were fortunate enough not to be stranded. We travelled to Ramallah, Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem and Abu Dis. I gave a talk for the English students of Bethlehem University about being a writer and interviewed several inspirational conservatoire directors for an article which will appear in due course in Classical Music Magazine. My Facebook friends are invited to view the photo album, and I'll upload some of the pictures and a brief report about the trip to my own website in due course.
Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.
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