While we’re all thinking about it, Miss Mussel thought it might be nice to get some feedback from operaplotters about what you liked/didn’t like about this round of the competition.
There are a lot of ideas floating around about how to make the next competition better and hearing your thoughts is extremely helpful.
The sheer number of operas represented proved to be a bit of an apples and oranges situation. To give the judge an easier time and perhaps focus things for participants the following are ideas are being bandied about:
1) Categories – awarding prizes based on best 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century operas or perhaps dividing by style.
2) Putting together a list of say 25 operas that participants may summarize – it would be a good mix of popular, more obscure and across several time periods
This round, entries were in English only. This was purely for logistical reasons since it was the first real round. In future, should Miss Mussel
1) stick with English
2) introduce German and French categories and either recruit a multilingual judge or three separate ones.
3) other ideas
Contest length — 7 days seems ideal but would a shorter contest, say three days, be more fun?
Frequency — would you like this contest to be held again? If yes, how often? Annually, semi-annually, once a quarter, weekly?
Getting the word out – this isn’t really a problem as such, since the press response both on and offline has been unbelievable. Are there any other ways to get the word out? Would bloggers like press releases too or is Twitter notification enough?
Admin – We did drop the ball a bit here. There is no easy way to transfer the operaplots from Twitter to Excel, so it has to be done by hand. Of course, with so many entries over such a long period of time, missing out some is inevitable but certainly not ideal. Any techies out there have a magic script that will take care of this?
ummm….this is where you chime in with any other thoughts….preferably related to #operaplot but the mike is open.