#Operaplot 2010 Entries: The

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The Abduction From The Seraglio
MMusing – A prince’s fiancé is kept w/in a harem so expect 2 see him try 2 re-collect her, posing as an architect. Joseph votes:2many notes
Frindley – First the music then the [Italian] words? Or a flustered impresario auf Deutsch? Opera vs Singspiel playoff in Joe 2’s orangerie.
Third Ladys – when having work done around the seraglio, it’s never wise to hire an outside contractor.
Vankan0 – Boy tries to rescue girlfriend from Turkish harem. For no obvious reason Sultan agrees to let her go.

The Adventures of Mr Broucek
Where’s Runnicles? – We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars or, more specifically, dreaming of the moon and the 15th century

The Barber Of Seville
Dr Geoduck – “A little off the top, trim the sideburns, and get me the girl I love.” “Okay, but I’d better be getting a big tip for this.”
Jose S Piano – He sings. He schemes. He lies for the lovers. He steals keys. He evades arrest. But does he actually cut hair?
Hariclea – Balcony belting! soldier! music teacher! No, a count!Happy end but he has to sing for one more time, boy, this is a long aria!!!
Opera San Jose – I’m just a Count, pretending to be a student, pretending to be a drunken soldier, pretending to be a musician. What’s so funny?
Monstertweetz – Dere’s a Count and he love a lady. OH! And a BARBER dat helps him, but den dis Doctor who say “NO! NO!” It end happy, though

N Brockman – Need help with winning/Young girl’s ardor?/In Seville/Just ask your barber!/Burma-Shave
Maura Lafferty – Buona sera my friend, but you’re blocking the end. Rosina’s a bride. Her love, he must hide, ’til Basilio’s will they can bend.

The Bartered Bride
By The Water’s Edge – True love prevails as soon-to-be-married female gets fried in floury milky goo … Ohhhhhhhh…! *blushes*
Gerrit Theule – Czech love is found despite irate parents, a crooked broker, and a “dancing bear”
Gerrit Theule – Love seems lost (bartered away even!) until the Village People show up. That’s them right? The dancer, the Indian, and the bear?

The Bear
King Ouf I – Popov’s popped his clogs. Smirnov’s owed money – threatens Popova with a gun. She has one too! What the hell, let’s fall in love

The Beggar’s Opera
Chicken Feet 2003 – He may be Polly amorous but no noose is good noose
Frindley – Polly is a sad slut: finds upwardly mobile marriage is more encumbered than suspected. Madness & folly in a totally Gay pastiche.

The Ballad Of Baby Doe
Jose S Piano – And on stage Horace is dying, and then Baby will vigil and pout; There is no joy in Leadville – the Matchless has run out.

The Cunning Little Vixen
NYOTweets – Guy meets fox. Fox escapes. Fox gets hitched. Fox has kids. Fox gets shot. Guy meets frog. Frog croaks. Guy croaks. That’s life.
M Buchanan – The cycle of life is beautiful – even if you do end up as a fur coat.
Sublime Louise – The cunning bitch couldn’t out-run the bullet but still stole the show – croaked!

The Damnation of Faust
Imani Moseley – why does the devil always get the good music? this isn’t “the damnation of Lucifer”!

The Devil of Loudon
Renegade Oboe – Dreadfully Evil Visions Indicate Lustful Sins. Oh Fiends! Lady Occultists! Unanswered Desire! Offended Nuns!

The Dialogues Of The Carmelites
TeniralCist – Vive la resistance! Mother Superior kicks the bucket, and only the good die young. Nuns get capped for martyrdom
Classical Critic – Easily scared, Blanche rejects life over cloister. Fears fear itself. Even late courage can’t *head off* tragic end: Nun spared.
Alejoplay – Blanche thought entering a convent would help her keep her head straight …
Frindley – Begins in French. Shy miss flees aristo danger for Carmelite cloister. Martyrdom not quite the plan. Ends badly and in Latin.

Sconseter – debutante enters convent, is martyred
Nicole Brockmann – Liberte, egalite, fraternite; Blanche: dismay; nuns who pray; Chevalier: run away; cops: obey! Dying day: fears allay, sing Salve
Vankan0 – Nun’s story. Not bad in itself, but unfortunately everyone gets beheaded in the end

The First Emporer
Josh Is Anonymous – Emperor destroys friend’s village, scolds him for curing his daughter then asks him to write a song. Emperor lacks people skills

The Flying Dutchman
Maura Lafferty – Johohoe, anchors aweigh. Senta doesn’t like to play. She dreams of a man to carry her away. Dutchman finds, girl is mine! Oops.
Madison Opera – A captain is cursed to sail, a girl obsesses over his tale/ Gold is exchanged, a marriage arranged/ Problems arise, girl dies.
Chicken Feet 2003 – I do. Me too. I must sail. I’ll bewail. I’ll stay. No, go away. I’m fated. I’m post-dated.
Kosmaj – Senta is deeply in love with Eric, when a strange sailor comes from nowhere and now she loves only him as they both go to heavens
Irene Vartanoff – Look, I know I said I’d marry you, but there’s this new sailor in town. I’d jump off a cliff for him.

John Pitcher – A deranged woman’s fear of commitment leads to North Sea hi-jinks
Kosmaj – Senta is deeply in love with Eric, when a strange sailor comes from nowhere and now she loves only him as they both go to heavens
Jessica Duchen – I shall save you! You float my boat and I don’t care if you’re a ghost!
Sublime Louise – From stormy seas a ghost decrees his sorrow at the 7. A pretty maid agrees a trade, they ascend the stair to heaven

The Golden Ticket
Gerrit Theule – Chocolate is good. Chocolate factories are better!
Gerrit Theule – Five tickets. One Wonky tour!
Gerrit Theule – Bratty, fatty, rich, or broke: Who’s the most deserving bloke? Mind the rules the Oompahs say; None, save Charlie, get to stay.
Music Biz Kid Rotten kid finds himself in PeeWee’s Bizarro Playhouse. Squirrel comes up gimpy in a brawl, & all’s forgiven. No place like home?
The Golden Ticket – A Golden Opportunity! Buy the chocolate. Find the ticket. Get the tour. Will Charlie win Wonka’s heart? Willie?

Gaspiagore – With help from Know & Joe, boy passes through chocolate trials, learns Turkish, & avoids operatic convention by remaining treble.
Music Biz Kind – Kids get the nickel tour of the land of milk, honey, & Everlasting Gobstoppers. Li’l folk w/bad spray tans add creepy narration.

The Invisible City of Kitezh or the Maiden Fevronia
Frindley – Saintly forest maid weds prince (cue balalaikas) Tartars disrupt honeymoon (cue Bb min) Ghostly reunion in misty city (cue bells)

The Land Of Smiles
Otterhouse – Although Sou-Chong sings, Apple blossoms blossom, Lisa’s love is lost. It all ends with a joke..

The Love For Three Oranges
Gerrit Theule – Dude looks like a lady in this play within a play. Laughter may be the best medicine but princesses in oranges? That’s just weird
Frindley – Been dying of boredom cos Morgana banned LOLs & now you’re saying I have to go find fruity princesses? W/E #operaplot sponsored by Sunkist

The Makropolus Case
Henri Drost – I don’t care anymore. Here’s the formula to live 300 years. Thank you, I’ll destroy it

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
Bloody Mortimer – oh my god! I married a Hat!

The Mask of Orpheus
AMM Music – looking at the different angles of a commonly used Greek myth simultaneously; He goes via 17 arches; He dies again and again

The Minotaur
Boosey London – Cretan man-bull with penchant for rape & ritual murder is coaxed into extreme game of hide&seek in maze. Cue harpies & catharsis.

The Nose
Henri Drost – Bloody hell. Woke up this morning only to find that my nose has run of and it won’t return.
Classical Music Review – To understand it, you probably have to snort something up it first.
King Ouf I – Kovalyov has a runny nose
Jennifer Strumm – Lost something? Follow your nose!
Anastasia T – Eat, pray, love: Disembodied proboscis on the run

The Old Maid And The Thief
MMmusing – Ms Todd & Laetitia r silly/as women can b, as they really/think each has a chance/with Bob & his pants/arousing an aria STEAL ME

The Pearl Fishers
Maura Lafferty – Best friends make a pact/ Bound by honor to act/ Girl he spies/ Nadir flies/ Zurga’s sacrificial act
Irene Vartanoff – Two men in love with me, but why do they sing the big number to each other? A pearl of a friendship? Sure, I get it now.
Thos Carpenter – A bro-mance leaves a village burned. With one on the lam and the other dead, Sri Lanka finds it hard to get fresh shellfish.
Olivia Giovetti – Bromance cut short when 2 men fall for same priestess. Chastity broken. City on fire. Lovers escape. There goes the neighborhood.
Gwen May – 2 friends pledge to put friendship before girl and then fail spectacularly: one gets the girl the other gets the end of a knife

Francis Sadac – Hunky bromance wrecked by girl. Fisher king puts BFF and the chick they both love to death for betraying village, as it burns.
Nicole Brockmann – 2 pearl fishers wax nostalgic re: love, friendship; break into song. What? There’s more to this opera? Huh. Could have fooled me.

The Rake’s Progress
Gaspsiagore – Tom Rakewell anne trulove nick shadow mother goose baba turk bread machine sellem auctioneer graveyard bedlam epilogue/stravinsky
Renegade Oboe – No Dick or Harry would leave his Trulove for money, for a bearded Baba, for heroism – but Tom will go to Bedlam in the morning.
Patty Oboe – Why would he leave true love? Only the shadow knows. It all results in bedlam.
Classical Review – Trulove has doubts about true love. Money, whores and a bearded lady ensue. Then it’s time for bedlam.
XYZ Hudson – Tom, untrue, is lured to lurid life and weirdy beardy wife. Fiance, foolishly faithful, goes to him, last lullaby in loonybin.
Music vs Theater – Country bumpkin moves to city,dumps Daisy Duke for Uncle Jesse lookalike. If you call that progress,you belong in a nuthouse too.
Nicole Brockmann – 2 pearl fishers wax nostalgic re: love, friendship; break into song. What? There’s more to this opera? Huh. Could have fooled me.

The Rape of Lucretia
Imani Moseley – restless Etruscan rides all night to have way w/chaste Roman. Roman has a “hangover” which only suicide can cure. is this it all?

The Ring Cycle
Irene Vartanoff – My sister, my love. Some call it incest. We call it the Ring. Do Not Try This At Home. Closed Course. Professional Singers
EG Meijer – Lost Hobbit: “Where is the volcano?”
Otterhouse – Long, longer, longest, longing
Where’s Runnicles? – Is this castle available on credit? Come back here with my stolen gold, curse you! I predict that in 13hrs this will end in tears
Maura Lafferty – The gods learned the hard way the lesson we all know too well: You can’t buy real estate with borrowed money. Or even gold.

Dusterfjerten – Come here! Come here! Come get your noisy aunts, dismal aunts, horny gods and nagging gods! Free incest with every purchase!
Villa Lobos – Be vewy qwiet, I’m hunting wabbits – Oh Bwunhilde, you’w so wuvwy – stwike da wabbit! [dead] What do you expect, a happy ending?
– And so it ends or begins again (?!) Love versus power & greedy men. That’s the way of mythology in Wagner’s tetralogy.
Jeanie O – Alberich is bold to steal the gold, but his soul has been sold. Das Rheingold’s the pre-quel, now for the sequels

Otterhouse – Rhinemaidens ——————————— (15 hours later) ————————————> Utter destruction
R Lowen BVT – It took four operas, 16 hours and (at least) two heldentenors, but we’re finally back where we started. Ready to start all over?
Danny Liss – The ring destroys everyone that touches it. There, I just saved you 14 hours.
Jeanie O – Lords of the Ring, 1-by-1, were finally done: Rhine-maids, Alberich, Wotan, THE GIANTS, Siegfried, Brünnhilde & finally defiance
By The Water’s Edge – E flaaaaaaaa … aaaaaaaaaaaa … aaaaaaaaaaaa … aaaaaaaaaaaaaat for 18 bloody hours and the cursed gold’s still out of reach!

The Telephone
Frindley – Can you hear me now? [No] Can you hear me now? [No] Damn phone. [Goes out] Can you hear me now? Good. Will you marry me? Yes!

The Turn Of The Screw
William Godfree – Country house murder mystery. Chief suspects: delusional governess/deceased manservant. I know who I’m putting my money on.
M Buchanan – Young governess regrets lack of experience in supernatural child care. Oddly, no one blames absent parents.
Madison Opera -She sees the dead/ but is it in her head? The kids are now mad/ it’s odd, she seems glad. Reality or a dream?/ Neither, it seems.
Marc Geelhoed – Mistress at english boarding school sees ghost. Boy sees ghost. Ghost sings. Who’s crazy, exactly? Why’s the orchestra so small?
Pierce Lumpkin – Beautiful teen is stalked by obsessive vampire, but is torn between him and her longtime werewolf friend. Drama ensues

Music Vs Theater – Mix one part Mary Poppins and one part Sixth Sense. Turn until screwed.
Marc Geelhoed – Mistress at english boarding school sees ghost. Boy sees ghost. Ghost sings. Who’s crazy, exactly? Why’s the orchestra so small?
Imani Moseley – heres a story of a lovely lady/who was watching 2 very scary kids/both of them had ghosts who wanna keep them/every1 gets screwed
R Lowen BVT – A corpse is a corpse of course of course.And no one can talk to a corpse of course.That is of course unless the corpse is Quint
L Rinder Knecht – Such sweet children! but I’m seeing & hearing things: there’s evil in this house. Don’t tell anyone? Too late: innocence drowned.

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21 comments

  1. The Flying Dutchman plot from Third Lady – should actually be PETER GRIMES…?

    The Old Man And The Sea plot from MMmusing should actually be THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF

    The Rake’s Progress plot from Classical Spirit should actually be EUGENE ONEGIN

    The Rape of Lucretia plot from Third Lady should actually be LUCREZIA BORGIA…?

    The Ring Cycle plot from Bonnie Situation should actually be DAS RHEINGOLD

    The Ring Cycle plot from Bonnie Situation should actually be DIE WALKUERE

    The Ring Cylcle plot from Henri Drost should actually be DAS RHEINGOLD

    The Turn Of The Screw plot from Pierce Lumpkin is something else…?

  2. thirdlady

    thanks, jennifer, i was indeed referring to that popular hostess lucrezia borgia (and, in retrospect, probably should have worded it: “…yes, i’m dying for a glass of wine”!)…but m4w does refer to the dutchman…never had the impression that peter grimes was much into the ladies, honestly…

  3. megoceleste

    Megoceleste – SWF seeks man willing to relocate to a rock for eternal love and the occasional ring of fire. But you have to go thru dad first

    Should actually be Siegfried, not the entire Ring.

  4. Miss Mussel
    Author

    Wow – a bit of a disaster on this page. Thanks for your help everyone. I’ll leave Pierce’s Turn there for now until we come up with something better.

  5. James (@musicbizkid)

    Music Biz Kid Rotten kid finds himself in PeeWee’s Bizarro Playhouse. Squirrel comes up gimpy in a brawl, & all’s forgiven. No place like home?

    That’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges

  6. The Abduction from the Seraglio:
    @frindley’s operaplot (“First the music…Joe 2’s orangerie”) is wrongly categorised. Should be under this double bill category:
    Prima la musica, poi le parole / Der Schauspieldirektor

  7. His nose was missing and so was my #operaplot! Here it is:

    From:@AudienceDevSpec

    The Nose:

    Nose found,nose unbound. Who knows?The nose is better w/out, the nose is found out. Nose no’s.Curses? Marry? He arose w/his nose! #operaplot

  8. His nose was missing and so was my operaplot! Here it is:

    From:@AudienceDevSpec

    The Nose:

    Nose found,nose unbound. Who knows?The nose is better w/out, the nose is found out. Nose no’s.Curses? Marry? He arose w/his nose! #operaplot

  9. pschleuse

    My Turn of The Screw post was misfiled under Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Also, my Ring Cycle post is missing:

    Price of heaven: stolen gold. Wotan’s kids get very bold. S wakes B, and how they sing! He dies; she burns and returns the Ring. #operaplot

  10. thirdlady

    m4w: well-traveled nautical type seeks lady for companionship, redemption. handicraft skills a big +, swimming ability less so.

    should be under flying dutchman, not peter grimes
    thanks!

  11. Chickenfeet2003

    I do. Me too. I must sail. I’ll bewail. I’ll stay. No, go away. I’m fated. I’m post-dated.

    That was supposed to be Dido and Aeneas

  12. Oops! You put mine up with “The Golden Ticket” as the tweetname! (Btw, I don’t know that it matters, but it’s “Pattyoboe” with no space … and on one of mine you have “Pattyoboes” instead. Does that make a diff? Thinking not …?

    Should be:
    Pattyoboe – A Golden Opportunity! Buy the chocolate. Find the ticket. Get the tour. Will Charlie win Wonka’s heart? Willie?

    • Miss Mussel
      Author

      Spelling won’t matter link-wese as long as the name is elided in the code. Will fix the Patty Oboe situation. Otherwise, I guess that means you’re married to it.

  13. I intended this tweet as an entry for The Ring Cycle (although can certainly see why that might not be clear. Meta. I haz it.)

    MusicVsTheater – How do you summarize an opera with over 130 characters in under 130 characters? Damn you Wagner. #operaplot

  14. (Be sure to include my tweeted entry for The Threepenny Opera. Thanks!):

    (Paul JZ) “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was freak like me? Don’t cha, don’t cha?” [The Threepenny Opera]

  15. pschleuse

    My Turn of the Screw post, formerly misfiles under A Midsummer Night’s Dream, still hasn’t turned up here:

    What with this hallucination, country life is no vacation. You’ll see him if you sort of squint: that creepy guy is Peter Quint.

  16. Jezetha

    My Ring recap is missing (is it? where?):

    Dwarf robs. God mugs. Dragon gets. Hero slays. Wifey keeps. Husband wrests. Killed. Wifey returns ring. Circle and cycle closed…

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