Wondering what’s happened to my “word of the day” up there?
The Omniscient Mussel has started something in the twittersphere. Opera Plot is the name of the game and there are some fine operatic prizes from all over the world, including Sydney/Melbourne. The aim? Condense the plot of an opera to 130 characters or fewer and tweet it with the hashtag #operaplot (which makes up the remaining 10 characters for a 140-character tweet).
Philosophically opposed to Twitter? Go here to enter via comments – the same character-count restrictions apply.
The limit is ten entries per person. It closes at midnight on Sunday, somewhere.
My first five six seven [this is addictive] efforts, with differing degrees of obscurity:
1. 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! #operaplot
[This one makes more sense if you’ve lived in the States and been exposed to Verizon’s marketing campaign.]
2. Druggist’s drudge woos druggist’s daughter. Foppish foe offers Turkish bribe. False Turks arrive… Ok, who’s been reading Molière? #operaplot
3. “Oh, what a simply splendid way the story’s ended, even though it’s not as Homer once intended…” Mythologie à la mode #operaplot
4. He spurns her love, kills his friend, leaves the country. He returns enlightened, she’s married a friend, she spurns his love. #operaplot
5. Begins in French. Shy miss flees aristo danger for Carmelite cloister. Martyrdom not quite the plan. Ends badly and in Latin. #operaplot
6. Can we sort out this infernal business with Orpheus, Euridice, Aristaeus/Pluto, Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus et al? Yes we Can-Can! #operaplot
[Yes, I’ve done two different versions for the same opera. That’s allowed.]
7. The horns orgasm and it’s all downhill from there in the face of young love. Who’s it by? Mozart: you can tell from the costumes. #operaplot
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