A few weeks ago, the Twittering classes responded enthusiastically to a contest calling for opera plots boiled down to within the 140-character limit allowed by those who Tweet.
Opera companies jumped in with prizes, none more generous than that from Washington National Opera, which offered tickets to a performance of Turandot and the company's high-society annual ball. On opening night of the Turandot production last weekend, I heard about the unusual result of the contest. Turns out the winner lives on the other side of the country, and he wanted to donate the prize. This he did in a most endearing fashion, locating a D.C. public school music teacher and arranging for her not only to enjoy the night at the opera, but, for the ball, to do so in a gown created for her by WNO's costume department. Very cool.
My colleague, Anne Midgette, fills in the details here.