Like Verdi? Like Wagner? Fancy winning a prize of operatic proportions?
You have the chance to win the complete operas of Verdi on DVD. It includes 56 hours of viewing and the set retails for $700. It's called Tutto Verdi and it's brand new this year to mark Verdi's 200th birthday. Naxos Canada has kindly provided a copy to give away.
Plus, you could win the the complete operas of Wagner on CD in a handsome boxed set. This is courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon and it stars some of the biggest names in opera, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Margaret Price and Plácido Domingo.
What do you have to do to win such a prize? It's simple. Send in your favourite holiday musical memory to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it in the comments section below by Dec. 16 at 11:59 a.m. ET for a chance to win. We've already received some great stories, and Ben Heppner will share the best after the Metropolitan Opera broadcast on Dec. 21.
Judy Rosenberg Ben-Israel of Toronto, tells of the time she traveled to Tel-Aviv so her children could meet their grandparents. Homesick for some Christmas music, they journeyed to Bethlehem only to discover a scrawny Santa wearing running shoes and ringing hand bells to a recording of Jingle Bells, sung in Arabic.
Next Saturday following the Metropolitan Opera's production of Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, Ben will read his favourite stories on the air. And if your story gets read, your name gets put in the draw for these fantastic prizes. We have some prizes for runners-up as well.
Listen to Heppner’s opera gems stream.