I was doing a bit more searching on #operaplot blogs (I will try to put together a list of links sometime this weekend to other opera lovers who were involved in the fun) and I ran across a 2009 article about how Miss Mussel began this event in the first place:

I started this contest a month ago on a whim. I was writing programme notes for the RNCM and tweeted that I was having trouble with word creep… one of those mundane details Twitter disparagers claim not to be interested in. @pattyoboe, an oboist blogger from California suggested I should tweet the notes. That seemed impractical but then I thought, what about opera? Tweets are the perfect antidote to convoluted plot summaries…so I launched the contest with a single Tweet. I only had about 50 followers at the time but word got out and by the time the contest ended three days later, the whole world (ok, the whole opera world) knew about it.

GEE … how about that!?

So never mind a prize. I feel sort of like a winner already.

Or is that whiner? Hmmm.


  1. Foreseeing T-shirts and newly designed opera caps (à la baseball) emblazoned with the word WHINING … or. now that the Las Vegas welcome sign says “winning,” maybe the exit sign could/should say “whining.” You should get credit for that, too! :-)

    NEAT about inspiring Operaplot! Yours were clever and hilarious. I literally laughed out loud.

    Happy Saturday to you.

  2. Ooh, I love the Las Vegas idea! Too darn good. … I’ve never been to the place, but of course I know ALL about it: I’ve watched CSI, after all. ;-)

    So glad you liked my operaplots! That’s what really matters … making people laugh. Of course a prize would be cool, but I know the odds are against that.

    Thanks, Janet! You made my Saturday VERY happy!