Wondering which of the 32 fantastic prizes the Round 2 winners chose? Who the winners really are? Good news: Those mysteries of the universe can be checked off your list. Answers below.
Again, just to clarify, all five winners were unranked and are arranged here in the order they were randomly selected to pick from the prize pool.
Also, because the quality of responses was so high, there are three Honourable Mentions, which will each receive a $30 gift voucher from ArchivMusic.com. Their details are listed at the end. Scroll way down.
I am English, 62 years old, a former Barrister-at-Law (you know the whole wig and gown thing). I have loved opera my whole life and after retiring from the law and moving to the USA I worked happily for Portland Opera for four years. Though I don’t work for them any longer I still do their blog: http://portlandopera.org/blog/operaman
Winning Entry: There was a young lady called Fricka Who…who…*snore* “Wake up & it’s over.” It’s good, I just wish it were quicka. [The Ring]
Prize: A Washington National Opera weekend prize pack that includes 2 premium tickets to WNO’s season-closing Turandot on 4th June 2009 and 2 tickets to the Opera Ball at the German Embassy on 5th June 2009. Approximate value – $1000
London-based Jessica Duchen is a wordsmith with a musical bias who writes novels, biographies, stage works, the ever-popular ‘Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog‘ and a heap of music journalism for The Independent and others (plus 12 entries for #operaplot!). Her fourth novel, ‘Songs of Triumphant Love’, is out in July and researching her third, ‘Hungarian Dances’, gave her a special affection for Bartok – so the triumph of ‘Duke Bluebeard’s Castle’ in #operaplot is super-cool.
Winning Entries: Here’s my castle. Are you afraid? No, I’m going to open all those damn doors! Are you afraid? No, let me in! Who’s that? Oh shit. [Bluebeard]
Dear Don, 1003 women in Spain alone is too many. You’ll be in deep shit when my dad’s ghost gets to you. Go to hell. Love, Anna [Don Giovanni]
Prize: 4 Box seats to a new production of Cosi fan tutte directed by Abbas Kiarostami at English National Opera
DrGeoduck is a web designer who loves most operas, but especially those of Verdi, Wagner, R. Strauss, Britten, and Janacek. You might find him at any operatic performance in Washington, particularly Seattle Opera and Tacoma Opera.
Winning Entry: Who wants to live forever? Me! No, wait, i changed my mind. *dies* [The Makropolus Case]
Prize: Two tickets to the west coast premiere of Orphée, by Philip Glass at Portland Opera in November 2009.
Voxdixit, whose real name is Gretchen, lives in San Francisco with her partner of four years, a woman who is gracious enough to put up with Gretchen’s opera addiction. When not Twittering about opera, Gretchen works as a marketing writer and occasional freelance journalist.
Winning Entries: Monk: Repent, courtesan! [Meditation] Courtesan: Okay! Monk: Wait, there is no God after all! Courtesan: Too late, I’m dead! [Thais]
Do a little dance (for Herod), make a little love (with the severed head of John the Baptist), get killed tonight! [Salome]
Prize: A pair of tickets to Tosca at the War Memorial Opera House in June, four Friends & Family passes to Opera at the Ballpark, a live simulcast of Tosca at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Friday, June 5th 8:00pm and our limited edition Opera at the Ballpark t-shirts. [Miss Mussel is guessing these won’t be delivered via T-shirt cannon but it’s still a rather cool prize.]
New Hampshire-born James Harrington (@musicbizkid) once made a fortuitous Faustian deal of his own, accepting college tuition in exchange for the honor of wearing a bird suit and singing about fÃ¤nging Vogels. Now he’s a Berklee grad living in Nashville, where he arranges and transcribes music, and writes music-related copy.
Winning Entry: Let me get this straight: unfathomable treasure if I betroth my loopy daughter to a ghost? Deal. She’ll meet you by the fjord. [The Flying Dutchman]
Prize: A pair of tickets to any show in the 2009/10 Lyric Opera Of Chicago season. Choice of: Tosca | Faust | Ernani | Katya Kabanova | The Merry Widow | The Elixir of Love | The Damnation of Faust | The Marriage of Figaro
Olivia Giovetti (@ogiovetti) – Wife cross-dresses as a guard to get her husband out of jail free. Pandemonium ensues. Whatever happened to a file in a cake? [Fidelio]
Rolf den Otter (a href=”http://twitter.com/otterhouse”>@Otterhouse) – Samson had more hairs then brains… [Samson and Delilah]
Brian Robison (a href=”http://twitter.com/brianrobison”>@BrianRobison) – Pure fool resists sexy sorceress, gains holy spear, saves King and Grail knights. Now poster boy for abstinence education. [Parsifal]