#Operaplot 2010 Rules And FAQ

The rules to this game are fairly simple.

1) Summarize an opera in 140 characters or less. It can be any opera and exploring rep outside the top 25 is positively encouraged. At the same time, obscurists may find their efforts don’t achieve the desired result. If extended research techniques are required to find the title, best to choose something else.

2) Tweet it 9am Monday 26th April and midnight Friday 30th April EST. No non-Twitter entries this year. It was too much of an admin headache last year. Twitter accounts are free and joining in the community is half the fun.

3) All entries MUST INCLUDE the hashtag #operaplot as part of the character count. Entries without this tag are not eligible for a prize. It helps everyone follow along even if they are not following you.

4) The prizes include what they say they do and that’s it. If it’s not listed in the description, it’s not included. Should there be any discrepancy, what the opera house decides is final.

5) The prizes will be awarded at the sole discretion of the #operaplot judge. You don’t want to mess with those curls.

6) Five winners will be chosen. Each winner will be able to choose from the prize pool in a randomly selected order. Once a prize is chosen from the pool, it is not available to the remaining winners.

7) There may be Honourable Mentions awarded for entries that didn’t win but still stood out in some way. Prizes will be given out but Miss Mussel is still working what those will be exactly. Stay tuned.


What if I win but don’t live near any of the houses offering tickets?
This is a distinct possibility seeing as the competition is world-wide. Miss Mussel is hoping that more houses will join existing partners during the coming week and fill in some gaps. There are also CD/DVD prizes from Universal and the Opera Theatre Company prize in Ireland gives some credit towards flights.

May I publicize the competition?
You certainly may. Miss Mussel would be delighted for you to tell whomever you wish. The more people that play, the more fun it will be. Feel free to link back to any of the pages on this site that discuss the competition. Classical music doesn’t go viral very often and there is a very good chance for it to do so here. Your social networking will help with that.

May I organize a similar competition on my site?
Of course. There is more than enough room for on the interwebs for everyone. If your entrants would like to be considered for the prizes, you will have to either tweet them all with the #operaplot hashtag before midnight EDT on 30th April. It’s going to take a while to sort through all the entries, so having everything in one place is important.

May I enter if I’m a journalist/an opera house employee/Oprah?
Yes. Entries will be sent to the judge without the name, so anyone who has a pulse is eligible.

I entered last time but didn’t win. Can I submit my operaplot again?
Absolutely. As long as you weren’t listed as a winner or honourable mention you can resubmit.

May I enter more than once?
An individual may enter up to ten times. If you submit more than 10 operaplots, only the first 10 will be considered. [UPDATE: This has been changed to 25 entries, so go nuts!]

I saw a really good one in the last #operaplot competition. Can I use it this time?
No. Entries may be resubmitted but it must be done by the original submitter. Didn’t your mother tell you stealing was wrong?

May I enter an operaplot in a language other than English?
You may enter it if you wish but you should know that most people will be entering in English . We will translate your entry but it is unlikely that the character count would match plus the plays on words and jokes you make won’t come through. Nevertheless, our judge this year is a bit of a linguist, so give it a go.

I don’t have a Twitter account. Can I submit via email/comments/carrier pigeon?
No you may not. Signing up for a Twitter account is extremely easy. It takes less than five minutes. If you are morally opposed to Twitter or have some sort of allergic reaction to little blue birds, then you’re S.O.L. [Warning: link is to Urban Dictionary]

Any other questions? Get in touch or pop them in the comments.

Prize Pool | Rules & FAQ | Judge: Jonas Kaufmann | 2010 Press Clippings

2009 Winners | 2009 Entries | How To Use Twitter | How To Follow #Operaplot On Twitter


  1. Please, please, please, drop the 10 plot limit. It makes it easier to post stuff through the week if I know I’m not thwarting any burst of creativity I may have on Friday. Pretty please.

  2. This is great!

    I think rule #2 would read better if:
    a) the word “between” is added:
    Tweet it “between” 9am Monday 26th April and midnight Friday 30th April EST.

    b) or “and” is changed to “through”:
    Tweet it 9am Monday 26th April “through” midnight Friday 30th April EST.


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