How can you experience opera at its most essential? How about attending Essential Opera’s double bill of one-act comic operas in a wonderful venue right in Yorkville this Friday night? Details on how to win two free tickets to this show below. Contest closes Thursday at 5pm so act soon!

This Friday March 15th, you’ll have a chance to experience two works:

Donizetti’s Il campanello (The Night Bell) contains commedia dell’arte tropes including visual deception and aural jests, an old bridegroom, an artful pretender, and parodies of other character types including an opera singer who has lost his voice — all within the context of a wedding celebration!

Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi would be the last opera that Puccini composed through to completion (Turandot, Puccini’s final opera, was not finished when he died in 1924), a comic tale of a swindler named Gianni Schicchi who, as a participant in the Circle of Impersonators, is ultimately condemned to hell for deceit and greed.

For a chance to win two tickets, tell us in the comments below what you think is the most essential thing that makes the operatic experience!

The luck winners will be randomly drawn this Thursday after 5pm. If you like us on facebook or retweet the contest, you will also be automatically entered. Good luck!