In honor of WQXR’s salute to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation next week—featuring Tucker honoree Michael Fabiano and hosted by legendary Renata Scotto—La Cieca invites the cher public to compete for free tickets to the mini-concert.  Details are after the jump.  

As the cher public all surely know, La Scotto retired from the operatic stage in 2002, five years before Mr. Fabiano made his professional opera debut, so—Photoshop to the contrary—these two artists never had the chance to perform together. La Cieca would like to posit an alternative reality in which the two might, in fact, have sung on the same stage. Let us imagine, then, that the final five years of Mme. Scotto’s career (i.e., 1997-2002) overlapped with the first five years of Mr. Fabiano’s (2007-2012.)

Your task, then, is to create a repertoire of three operas in which these two artists might have appeared together during that imaginary five year period, and post details in the comment section below. Our blue-ribbon panel will judge your repertory choices, giving extra points for additional detail such as venues, supporting casts and whatever other ideas you care to throw into the mix.  One winner will be chosen in each of the following categories: “Most Plausible” and “Most Hilarious.”  Each winner will receive as prize a pair of tickets to the Greene Space event mentioned above, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM. All judges’ decisions are final.

Deadline for posting your “Scotto/Fabiano” mini-season suggestions is midnight on Saturday, October 4 and winners will be announced on the afternoon of Sunday, October 5.