Operas are a very different breed to opera houses, and in a bid to keep them both relevant, Opera Chicago is offering a contest to find the most audaciously ambitious title in its opera season.
The competition opens on January 4 with the premiere of the first opera of the season, a drama from the same production company, “The Tempest”.
The title, which translates to ‘Sorrowful Son’, is the first in a new series of operas that will run from January 6 until March 3.
Opera Chicago is not the only one to offer this kind of contest, and there are several others across the country.
There are more than a dozen other competitions that are open to opera fans, including a competition in the UK to find ‘most audacious’ title, a competition to find “most audaciously conceived musical” title, and an annual competition in France.
But it is the “opera of the year” that stands out as the most daring title.
A competition is normally only a couple of weeks long, but for this year, there is a bidding war going on.
One of the top three contenders is “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which will be broadcast on the US network PBS.
The first prize is a $2,000 prize for the winner, but the competition is not restricted to the winners.
If the winner wins a third place prize, the winner gets a $1,000 cash prize.
In the end, only one of the three winning entries will get the $2 million prize, but it seems the winning title is going to be one of those that is not really an opera at all.
A lot of opera houses have had their own ‘operas of the month’ in recent years, but this year there are only two of them, one being from the Italian company “Theatres Royal” and the other being “Bertold Borges”.
Both of those opera houses are not as well known as the other two, and it is not clear if either is able to afford to take on a competition like this one.
Bertrand Borges has had several operas run in recent seasons, but “The Opera” from his production of “The Marriage of Figaro” is the only opera in his repertoire that he has run in the past 10 years.
The other opera he has won is “The Merry Widow” from “The Merchant of Venice” which he has been running since the 1990s.
Both of his operas have won numerous awards, and “The Mermaid” in 2015 won an award for best production of a children’s book.
So far this year he has also won the “Best Opera Award” from the Chicago Board of Trade, the “Chicago Audience Awards” for best performance of a contemporary opera, and the “New York Public Theatre Awards” in 2013.