I decided to check in with The Omniscient Mussel's #Operaplot 2010 contest (summarize opera in Twitterese -- 140 words or less -- get judged by operatic posterMensch Jonas Kaufman, win a prize).
This year's contest closes at midnight, and it's already groaning with a bumper crop of succulent puns, quips and winks. If you have too much time between coffee breaks, there's a long list of "orphan" opera plots, where you can try to guess the title of the opera (or wonder which substance the contestant was abusing that day).
My biggest smile came from seeing how a plot can get Twitterized so many different ways.
Here's the entry for Leos Janacek's Katya Kabanova, followed by a beautifully Twitter-like promotional video English National Opera released for its March production:
Madison Opera – My mother-in-law is cruel / my husband’s a tool. But Boris is dreamy / maybe he’ll save me. Or not. Boom, crash, splash.