Opera Candy — the blog dedicated to "anything sweet, yummy, or sticky about opera" — is holding what it considers (probably accurately) the "first ever swim suit competition for opera conductors." Conductors are invited to submit videos of themselves in action (presumably conducting) while clad in swimwear; the deadline for submission is September 1. The prize? "We do not provide money, but we will get you attention."
A new venue for the embrace (so to speak) of nudity at the performance hall, Opera Candy also maintains Pinterest boards for "Naked at the Opera" and "Salome Side Boob" (which features some hot Herods as well). Not a conductor, but want to flaunt your bod on the Internet? Fear not: Opera Candy is also conducting swimsuit competitions for opera singers, orchestra members, and artistic directors.
It seems unlikely that our own Maestro Vänskä will suit up for this competition, but we do know he looks good in bike shorts.
Update 8/15: Bill Eddins, music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, has submitted a video for consideration in the competition. Watch it here.
Photo: a still from Noseland, courtesy SLfilm.at