Friday, January 18, 2013

Search for Cinderella: Day 4 Wrap-Up

Ooh, today's final hunt had a couple tricky clues thrown in--so extra big congratulations to grand-prize winner Jaci D., who won a pair of tickets to each of our remaining 2012/13 operas! She figured it out in a mere 19 minutes, and Ed R. came in 25 minutes later for our runner-up prize of "Viva Verdi!" tickets. And we had so many people playing this round, we gave out one bonus runner-up prize, to Joanna L.! Thanks to everyone for playing; we hope you had as much fun as we did. And, as in days past, we break down the clues that got them to the finish line...

January 18 Clues

At 10 a.m. on Facebook, we uploaded a very special photo album (and we also tweeted the link for on Twitter). That album was our very first clue:


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It had several pictures (with accompanying captions) that needed to be unscrambled. If you had figured out the correct order, you would've read the instruction to "find full photo seattle opera dotorg slash suorangelica." More elegantly stated, that meant you should've gone to seattleopera.org/suorangelica to find the full-size version of this particular image. Had you navigated to our photo player on that webpage, you would have come across this image, which, unlike our FB version, includes Rosalind Plowright's head:


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The caption for this image read "blog search: 2012/13 season," which should have led you to this very Seattle Opera Blog, where a search would have yielded these results:


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The first link is to our original announcement of the 2012/13 season, and that's where you should have gone.


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Spread throughout that post was a series of zeroes and ones, which could only mean one thing: binary code! And for those folks not fluent in binary code, there are many online translators available for free. Using one of those would have given you this translation:


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Translated, 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110100 01110101 01100010 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01110010 01100100 00100000 01101111 01110000 01100101 01110010 01100001 00100000 01110100 01110010 01100001 01101001 01101100 01100101 01110010 is a very long way of saying: "youtube third opera trailer." And from reading that previous blog post, you would have known our third opera of the season is La Cenerentola (also known as Cinderella). And, by the way, we still have five more performances of this fantastic opera left...


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So, had you gone to YouTube and viewed the Cinderella trailer, you would have noticed, just after the 1:40 mark, a speech bubble appearing over Don Ramiro's head. "Who will sing me this Sunday?"

The answer is tenor Edgardo Rocha, and this is where it could have gotten tricky. We didn't tell you WHERE, exactly, to go next with this information--although we hinted at it in the video caption, where we wrote, "For tickets and more information, including cast lists, visit: http://www.seattleopera.org/cinderella." Or, you might have discovered that Edgardo Rocha was the answer by navigating to our cast page in the first place. In which case, you might have clicked on his bio...


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His bio seemed to be fairly normal--except for this very odd line: "Seattle Opera Debut Turandot, Turandot ('67)"

What's so weird about that? Well, Edgardo is a very young man, who would never have been able to make his debut in 1967. Plus, Turandot? Edgardo is very much not a woman or a soprano, so that should've rang some bells. Also, this production of Cinderella happens to be his company (and U.S.) debut. The "'67" in that line of text was hyperlinked and clicking on it would have taken you right back to our Facebook page.


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From there, you should have navigated to 1967 on our Timeline, where we have some photos posted of our very first Turandot production. Clicking through those would have taken you to this particular photo, with that year's actual Turandot, Licia Vallon, and a special caption.


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That caption read: "Of course, the young Edgardo Rocha couldn’t have actually made his debut in 1967 or as the very soprano Turandot—but it got you here! TURANDOT opened the 2012/13 season; which opera followed it, and what did our audiences think?"

It just so happens we keep a tab on our production pages for "Audience Reviews," where we encourage opera-goers to leave their thoughts. You might have already known that, in which case it was easy to find the page for Fidelio. Or you might have Googled something like "Seattle Opera Fidelio audience reviews," in which case you would have also been pointed in that direction.


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Once there, you would have seen the following comment: "First Turandot, then Fidelio, now Cinderella, with Bohème and Voix Humaine/Suor Angelica upcoming. Catch the remainder of the 2012/13 season—if you’re fast enough: SeattleOpera2013@gmail.com."

And that was that! Thanks to EVERYONE who played, and make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be the first to hear about future opportunities and giveaways.

P.S. If you want to read how the first three hunts were solved, visit: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.


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1 comment:

Eleanor Knight said...

Thanks for these great archives. I am not a fan of opera before but because of this, I would to try them out. I want to experience that 18th century ambiance that it brings.