In the comments section of this post, you are invited to offer your opinion on why Renée Fleming‘s broadcast performance (as heard tonight, October 13) strikes you as not a great portrayal of the Marschallin.

The finest “Nein, Nein” response will win a copy of the Sony CD release of the classic Leonard Bernstein recording of Der Rosenkavalier, with Christa Ludwig, Gwyneth Jones, Lucia Popp, Walter Berry and Placido Domingo.

Deadline for entries in this competiton will be midnight, Wednesday October 14 when the comments section in the “Ja, ja” and “Nein, nein” threads will be closed. In honor of Our Own JJ, all eligible responses should be 300 words or less, and, while your doyenne invites your comments, nominations and general egging-on, her decision as to the winning essays is final. She also reserves the right to substitute alternate prizes to winners residing outside North America.