Friday, November 5, 2010

Contest Time!

Happy November, Dear Readers!

Opera season is right around the corner!

To celebrate, we're holding a contest.

A contest where you can win free tickets, go backstage and meet the cast of one of our operas!

Since you read us here at Aria Serious, or are a fan on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, we know you love opera. And really, who doesn't love opera once they've heard it?

Since opera, like all good art, is an intensely personal experience we want to hear from you about how opera has changed your life and inspires you. And we want you to make a video about it.

The rules:

- We're looking for a short video on how opera has changed your life. By short we mean no more than three minutes and by video we mean any type of video that you can easily make and upload to Youtube. Your cellphone camera will be fine, your fancy HD camera will be fine as well. This is not the Jean-Luc Godard opera video contest. We'll hold that one next year.

- Be creative. Be honest. Be passionate. All of us are incredibly bonkers about opera and we want to hear why you are too. Want to sing us your testimonial? Go for it. Do interpretive dance? Lace those shoes up. Reenact a scene from your favorite opera with teddy bears? Uh, sure, whatever gets those creative juices flowing. Sitting down in front of the camera and talking will also work just fine, in case you are wondering.

- Once you are done with your short, no-more-than-three-minutes, video, upload it to your Youtube page. If you don't have a Youtube page yet, it's easy and free and almost 2011, so what are you waiting for? Once your video is uploaded, you'll get a link to where your video lives on Youtube. Please send a note to: with the link to your video.

- Starting on January 2, 2011 we'll post all of the entries here on the blog so our readers here, fans on Facebook, and followers on Twitter can vote on them. We'll keep the voting open for 2 weeks. At the end of two weeks our winner will be the video with the most votes.

- That's not entirely true. We'll also have a prize package for the video the staff liked best and we'll even have the cast of Turandot pick a winner as well so there is more than once chance to win.

- What do you win? Good question. Each winner will receive 2 tickets to the Friday, February 4, 2011 performance of Turandot at 8 PM. Prior to that we'll take a backstage tour and meet the cast. After the performance we'll all get together for a post-opera coffee/drink and we'll invite the cast to join us as well.

The small print:

- One entry per person, please. Sure, we have no way of knowing if you have multiple Youtube accounts, so the honor system is in play here.

- Staff, employees, and family members of staff and employees of San Diego Opera are not eligible.

- San Diego Opera reserves the right to use all submitted videos in future advertising campaigns. Additionally, San Diego Opera reserves the right to photograph contest winners at the opera for use in future campaigns.

- Have fun and good luck!


Rachel M said...

This is exciting! So the deadline is Jan. 1?

San Diego Opera said...

Rachel - January 3 as we're not back into the office until that Monday. Good luck! We can't wait to see what you come up with.