#Operaplot 2011: Days 1-5

Ok – here’s all the #Operaplots we have on file. Please check to make sure all of yours are there. If we’ve identified the wrong opera, please do let us know but only if it is yours.

The list is sorted alphabetically by username, so it should be easy enough to find your bits of genius.

New commenters need to be approved, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t show up right away.

A corrected list will be available on Tuesday. Dig in!

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62 comments

  1. @crazycomposawig

    The second one currently listed for me is for Cardillac, not Un Ballo in Maschera.
    Also, four are completely missing:
    Boy returns from long personal crusade on Good Friday to shortly announce he’ll be kickin’ in the front pew. #operaplot
    7 years and the best pick-up line he has this time is a free cruise for eternity, but dreamgirl finds sailor endlessly romantic. #operaplot
    Lovestruck hunter ignores girlfriend for faustian pact to marry her and the day is saved by a sudden marriage of church and state #operaplot
    New international agreement: crooks crooks crooks crooks crooks crooks have a kind of mystery and peace peace peace can be hell. #operaplot

  2. DrGeoduck

    Two of my entries weren’t on the list. They were:

    And what is “Il Castor” that Rodolfo is writing an article for? It’s a fanmag about Justin Biber. #OperaPlot #IncrediblyLamePun — http://twitter.com/#!/DrGeoduck/status/58916095331008512 (Opera: La boheme)

    Sheriff goes gaga for Minnie’s pah-pah-pah-poker face. #OperaPlot #Groan
    http://twitter.com/#!/DrGeoduck/status/58998606400724993 (Opera: La fanciulla del West)

    Three of my tweets were attributed to the wrong opera:

    Who needs “Nessun Dorma” – Should be Busoni’s Turandot

    There’s the guy. He dies in Venice. – Should be Death in Venice

    CEILING SOPRANO IS WATCHING – Should be Don Carlo

    And my two orphan tweets are…

    Valkyrie, attempting to – Ghosts of Versailled

    Einstein minus Glass/Wilson – Einstein (Paul Dessau)

  3. Kyle

    One of mine is missing!
    News. Mao. Capitalists. Cheers. George Washington. Pigs. Jumbo the Elephant. The Book. Dancing. Burgers. Good work? #operaplot

    Thanks for doing all this, it was fun!

  4. Thanks for including my tweets for #operaplot … just one minor correction: “I’d visit her in Tripoli more often…” is from Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin. Obscure, but one of my favorites.

  5. 1and1make1 (M West)

    My second one – “If you’re feeling a sense of foreshadowing…” was actually supposed to be Anna Karenina, but if you’ve seen one obscure opera you’ve seen ’em all, I suppose.

    My haiku is missing: “Gotterdammerung/ Is too long for a haiku/ The name AND the plot #operaplot”

    Thanks!

  6. Sereisa

    #operaplot he might be good with women, but certainly not with the dead. — THis is actually Don Giovanni.. :)

    Thanks for the fun we had..

  7. My “Coming up on Bravo…” is Le Comte Ory, not Les Huguenots.
    “Swiss Maid” is of course La Sonnambula, and the “Self-referential etc..” is Capriccio.
    Also, one of mine is missing:
    Ten years later, Brett Dean’s elaborate excuse to make Peter Coleman-Wright grow a moustache finally pays off. #operaplot
    Which is for Brett Dean’s opera Bliss.

  8. Oh, actually, another of mine is missing:
    Fine, I don’t need to know who you are or where you’re from, but can we PLEEASE play the Lohengrin Bridal Chorus at our wedding? #operaplot
    Lohengrin, obviously.

  9. You have my “Ah Telepods…” one listed three times.

    Missing:

    A burning bush & rules on stones, all sung in 12 row order tones. A golden calf, a cloud, some fire & love for God Moses’ desire. #operaplot

    They cannot mask the love they have, but they will not succumb. His killer pardoned, he will die. It’s all so very glum. #operaplot

    (I can’t imagine how you are keeping anything close to straight with all of this! What a chore!)

    • Miss Mussel
      Author

      It’s much easier this year now that I’ve discoved how to import a Twitter search automatically. Still it doesn’t index 100% accurately and there’s bound to be some cutting and pasting mistakes along the way.

      Can you tell me which opera the last missing one belongs to?

  10. Hi there! The
    -“Where I said “Desdemona… etc” Is Schumann’s Genoveva, not Verdi’s Othello (as the plot of the later Verdi opera is in fact “the same” as Schumann’s opera.
    -“Wich brother” is Verdi’s Trovatore
    -“Live the Ramones… etc” is Glass, Einstein at the beach
    Greetings from the Netherlands, Rolf

    http://twitter.com/otterhouse

    • Miss Mussel
      Author

      I don’t need to follow you to see anything tagged with #operaplot. Curious that none of yours showed up though. Are you a regular tweeter? (Sometimes Twitter is slow to index tweets by irregular or new users)

      • Stu

        Oh, the answer to that is easy, I just did not realise it till you sent out the lists. I have a locked account, and you do not follow me (I thought you did!)

        • Miss Mussel
          Author

          Ah I see. Well even if I did follow you, I wouldn’t have seen them all. There’s just too much going on. I took the list straight from what Twitter indexed in their #operaplot search string.

          Next year, you might consider unlocking your account for the duration. It’s more fun anyway….you can talk to loads of other opera nerds!

          • stu

            I have reasons why I do not want my twitter feed to end up as the first thing people see when they search for me.. hence locked account…

            (must create more hits for my name…)

  11. Four of mine have slipped through the net (although you may have disqualified one of them :p), which are:

    http://twitter.com/#!/King_Ouf_I/status/57914339969081344
    Elina + Elixir = Eugenia / Ekaterina / Elain / Emilia. Emilia + Ennui = Extinction #operaplot (Janacek – The Makropoulos Case)

    http://twitter.com/#!/King_Ouf_I/status/58559585501454336
    London lowlives behaving badly – at least it’s dirt cheap #operaplot (Weill Der Dreigroschenoper)

    http://twitter.com/#!/King_Ouf_I/status/58846302464774144
    Beloved, fancy a drink? Let’s wander down to the village pub. Actually, I can think of a better way to drown our sorrows… #operaplot (Delius A Village Romeo and Juliet)

    http://twitter.com/#!/King_Ouf_I/status/59005223200501760
    Ah, peaceful! WHOA bass drum! WOW trumpets! Tunes! WHOOSH double fugue! Mmm flutes! WHAM another fugue! Calm ending. Not quite an #operaplot (Verdi Requiem – well, they say it’s ALMOST an opera!)

    It’s been great fun again this year – I’m humbled to be in the cyberpresence of so many clever and witty people!

    • Miss Mussel
      Author

      Glad you enjoyed yourself. Stayed tuned for Operaplot 2012 – Olympic Edition…..or at least an edition happening in the same year as the Olympics.

      I did leave the Requiem out btw. Great summary, great piece, but not an opera.

  12. Matt

    This one:

    “Much as I love my boyfriend”, thinks girl, “I reckon my sister’s would look cute with a mustache”. Sister feels the same way. #operaplot

    Should be Cosi fan tutte… the fact it wasn’t recognised is more a reflexion on me than you!

  13. R.J. van Amstel

    Very nice list, thanks for all the effort. A huge list of opera’s or operatic works.

    I’m wondering now: which opera’s are not mentioned in this list?

    • Miss Mussel
      Author

      You’re welcome. I am always amazed each year at how many operas are mentioned. Some people are intentionally obscure but most just bring a bunch of operas they really love. The canon is huge!

  14. Jane Dudley

    Hello, two of mine are there. There are three more (posted the 15th, before midnight, EDT):

    http://twitter.com/#!/janedudley/status/59060654266523648
    One brother a fighter and would-be lover, one a singer who must fight, and a woman avenges her mom by inducing fratricide. #operaplot

    http://twitter.com/#!/janedudley/status/59061738938699776
    Madame Mao has us all scared @#%-less. Quick, back on the plane! Was it all worth it? #operaplot

    and
    http://twitter.com/#!/janedudley/status/59062702223540224
    Bad baron beaten by Tiber-diving diva. #operaplot

  15. Yvonne

    Three of mine are missing:

    Son abandoned after patricidal prediction, kills father anyway AND marries his mother. That kind of thing will turn you blind. #operaplot
    Oedipus Rex

    She’s a heartbreaker, he’s a deserter, the other one’s on PETA’s list. Why weren’t they checking for knives at stage door? #operaplot
    Carmen

    Lively maid betrothed to village idiot :( But marriage bargain turns out ok in G&S-style birth switch :) Exit pursued by a bear. #operaplot
    The Bartered Bride

  16. colla_voce

    A couple of mine are mis-attributed:

    “Twelve years…” was intended as a wry comment on Siegfried
    The one marked “Henry VIII” is Maxwell Davies’s Taverner
    The one marked Don Pasquale was meant to be ‘Rita’ – but works either way!

    Thanks!

    • Miss Mussel
      Author

      My guesses for the first two were the results of two google searches gone wrong. It seems you can type in any subject or combination of characters and there is at least one opera written about it.

  17. johnpitcher

    Two of mine are missing, both for Samson:

    #operaplot When the walls came tumbling down, everybody ran as they screamed at the sound. Dog-gone Dagons gone

    Beautiful girl lovely dress/Temple smiles Oyes/Where she is now we can only guess/Cause it’s GonedaddyGone/Thelove is Dagon away#operaplot

    This was misassigned to Johngilks

    Dutchman: A spectral trinity of father, daughter and unholy ghost tell a stormy seaside tale of love, madness, and cliff diving #operaplot

    Orphans

    Carmen – Liberté, égalité, bovinité #operaplot

    Pelleas et Melisande: We promise to sing some

    Thanks

  18. Verbiagent

    Oops — and one of mine is missing:

    #operaplot Lovelorn soldier goes insane with jealousy and kills the object of his affection. He lacks Carmen sense.

  19. For mine:

    “Terrorists completely ruin…” = The Death of Klinghoffer
    “A rabid anticommunist…” = Nixon in China
    “I’m supposed to marry…” = Tristan und Isolde

  20. I Know Im Just a Spambot, BUT 2 of mine didnt make the list. I NEED MAXIMUM EXPOSURE 4 My Work!! HERE THEY R:

    ITS ABOUT HOW GIRLZ R ALL LIKE THAT, BUT GUYZ R EVEN MORE LIKE THAT!!! ITS DA PONTE CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK, RIGHT?!?

    SING A TRIO, SKIP 2 MY LOU! WEAR MUSTACCHI, SKIP 2 MY LOU!! SWING UR PARTNER, SKIP TO MY LOU!!! IT’S ALL RIGHT, MY DARLIN’!!!

    RANDY+MO SAY THEIR GIRLZ R ALL THAT! AL SEZ ALL GIRLZ LIKE IT LIKE THAT!! FLO & DORA SAY MUSTACCHI R WHERE IT’S AT!!!

    Their All About COSI FAN TUTTI!!!

    THX, DD

      • Despina

        lol – ur rite! i started using caps cuz my laptop doesnt have a caps unlock key!! then i discovered you can unlock with caps lock, but its boring!! i dont think eecummings wouduv made a good spammer, tho he could be bawdy http://bit.ly/fI9szW (nsfw lol]

      • Whoops! I still forgot 1 that u missed, but it’s OK!!! Still, here it is. (Sry 4 the uppercase!!)

        THE COUNT LUVS THE SINGLE LADIES – EVEN AFTER THEY MARRY – SO HE PUTS A RING ON IT. WHOOPS, THAT’S HIS WIFE!! WOH, OH, OH!!!

        It’s The Nozze of Figaro

  21. altojane

    It was supposed to be Aida not Rigoletto but I guess that just means it wasn’t a very good effort on my part if the opera wasn’t identifiable!

  22. Sheila Heady

    I wrote the “So he stabs her and leaves the Countess dying too! …and then I found five dollars.” one thinking about Lulu but it’s pretty hilarious that it also works as an “All of Opera” entry!

  23. quasi mezzo

    Miss Mussel,
    A few of mine were left out, I think:

    soprano, mezzo fall for castrato, other soprano falls for mezzo, tenor gets jealous. and a magic urn is involved. typical baroque #operaplot (Handel, Alcina)

    @ alidoro- gave R sparkly bracelet, sent him on grand quest for match. he better search fast, sisters & ashes now giving me hives #operaplot (Rossini, Cenerentola)

    countryside/Giovanni chased le donne/Giovanni thought ‘twas all good fun/Pop! goes the Commendatore! #operaplot

    Many thanks!

  24. @domb_opera

    Couple that got posted last week but didn’t make the list…

    King’s bid for parent of the year fails after marrying son’s beloved, asking permission to kill him & getting the kid’s BF shot #operaplot

    When cholera breaks out at the beach you need to stop cruising and leave #operaplot

  25. Gianna Wichelow

    @giannawichelow says:

    I also tweeted:

    Sly, small, foxy nature girl: captured? Escapes? Meets hot, foxy guy? The circle of life? Check! Check! Check! Check! #operaplot

  26. ckp1970

    Better late than never? Been unconnected so missed that some of mine are orphans. Here are details.
    “When flying fish sing” = Die Frau ohne Schatten
    “Brother can you spare….” = Betrothal in a Monastery
    “A god. A handsome boy….” = Apollo et Hyacinthus (Widl/Mozart). Okay really more an intermedio than an opera; sorry!

  27. Anon

    Will you be publishing the complete (updated) list of submissions for 2011? It’s fun to see them all at once. And – I know I’m being ever so picky – is there a way to make the list easier to read? Thanks! I know you’ve got your hands full.

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