at COC Opera Insights: Berenice's Potato, February 15th 2018 OPERA TRIVIA CHAMPS

February 16, 2018

 T rivia Club once again teamed with the Canadian Opera Company's Opera Insight program to bring Toronto some Opera Trivia! In 2017, a selection of teams enjoyed some opera trivia at a pub space in the city and in 2018 we brought the pub to the Four Seasons Centre! Yes, live from the Education Space at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was the second annual Opera Trivia Club!

 Trivia Classic  saw a selection of audio and visual questions, produced with great help from Opera Insights program manager Catherine Willshire! There's No "I" In Opera were in first place after round one, with a perfect score! They were a point ahead of Berenice's Potato, a team which featured a selection of participants from last year, including a member of our first Golden VHS winners The Nibelungs from the 2017 Opera Trivia! A point behind Berenice's Potato, in third, were Poppea's Corn! Four points off the lead, in fourth were The Rookies! Not bad for some Rookies! Sopranos rounded out the field in fifth place!

 Game Show Games  then saw a selection of Countdown Takedown games, with Potato, Corn, and those Rooks each picking up the TOP FIVE (top five, top five) points available, while Sopranos and No "I" In Opera each grabbed two points. Then in our second Countdown Takedown, the potential points had shifted, with Berenice's Potato now in first, followed by Poppea's Corn, There's No "I" In Opera, The Rookies, and Sopranos, in that order! Poppea's Corn once again picked up the TOP FIVE, tying them for the lead with Berenice's Potato who picked up four points, as did Sopranos, There's No "I" In Opera, meaning The Rookies grabbed one point!

 Tri-Pardo  then gave three questions, which totaled a potential forty-one points for the field! Hitting for the triple, getting all three questions correct, and keeping their potential victory down to the wire were There's No "I" In Opera, still only two points off of the lead, and Poppea's Corn and Berenice's Potato, now each with seventy points!  Finale  wagering saw the nearly perfect night for There's No "I" In Opera wagered safely with 42 of their 68 points, while our two tied teams up top wagered blindly as well, no knowing anyone else's score heading into the last question.

Berenice's Potato went all-in, while Poppea's Corn left a single point on the table. It would prove a Golden point on this night... with the Finale, four of the five teams would get the question correct. Including the top three teams before the final question. Our third place team on the night There's No "I" In Opera would finish with 110 points, and our runners-up on the night would finish with 139 points. Those runners-up? Poppea's Corn.

Which meant that with a whole lot of Opera know-how, and a liiiittle bit of luck, our second annual OPERA TRIVIA CHAMPS were... BERENICE'S POTATO with 140 points!

Poppea’s Corn 19 10 41 70 69 139
Berenice’s Potato 20 9 41 70 70 140
Sopranos 8 6 -8 6 6 0
The Rookies 17 6 5 28 22 50
There’s No “I” In Opera 21 6 41 68 42 110
Congrats to Berenice's Potato, on their dramatic one point victory! Thank you to everyone who came out to the Four Season's Centre for the Performing Arts to take place in this Opera Insights event! Continue to enjoy all Opera Insights events, available for free, and supported by your participation and feedback! We'll see you all next season, no doubt, for the next edition of Opera Trivia with the Canadian Opera Company!

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