Thursday, May 21, 2009

GIVEAWAY: Romantic Date Night at the Washington National Opera - Puccini's TURANDOT

UPDATE: THREE winners each received 2 tickets to Turandot, thanks Washington National Opera! They were Margaret, Alison and Lumpyheadsmom!

Dinner and a movie? Pffft, please. You're more likely to get lucky if you load the dishwasher AND take care of the kids' bath/books/bed routine.

But a night at the, there's the key to igniting those home fires!

Washington National Opera and General Director Pl├ícido Domingo are currently presenting to critical acclaim Giacomo Puccini’s celebrated opera, TURANDOT. The Kennedy Center Opera House is hosting eight performances through Thursday, June 4, sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Want to go? Those fabulous promoters of the Washington National Opera love local parents and so have given A Parent in Silver Spring readers two pairs of tickets for the Monday June 1st 7pm performance at the Kennedy Center.

I don't know much about opera but I love the feel of the music - especially the Italian melodies, the romance of the experience. I think I saw Moonstruck too many times as a teen. And for amateurs like me, Puccini is the perfect introduction. Turandot includes the magnificent tenor aria Nessun dorma (click that link to hear it sung by Pavarotti and you'll totally recognize the melody from movies and when Aretha sang it at the Grammys.) For the serious opera buff, Puccini is a transcendental experience.

The story of Turandot takes place in ancient China, where any brave suitor seeking the fair hand of Princess Turandot is subjected to three impossible riddles. Failure means certain death, but the hero Calaf risks it all.

Tickets range from $25 through $300 and are currently available through Washington National Opera Audience Services: 202.295.2400/800.US.OPERA or online at

Just leave a comment to be entered in the random drawing before midnight Monday May 25 and I'll draw the two winners on Tuesday morning, giving them enough time to book that all-important sitter!

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