You, yes you, can pick which opera will be part of Chicago Opera Theater's 2011 spring season. Beginning today, voting is available for the "People's Opera."
General Director Brian Dickie has picked three operas to choose from: "The Magic Flute" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), "Moscow, Cheryomushki" (Dmitri Shostakovich) and "Capriccio" (Richard Strauss).
Unlike democracy, however (well, sorta), you have to pony up for these votes. One dollar equals one vote — so you're donating to the cause and investing in your cultural experience. Voting lasts until 5 p.m. June 12, and the winning production will be announced this summer.
The first "People's Opera", launched during COT's 2008 Spring Season, raised over $47,000 for the company — and the winner, Rossini's "Mosè in Egitto," will be presented during the 2010 Spring Festival Season.