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Seattle Opera Facts

Date founded:
Chairman of the Board:
John F. Nesholm
President of the Board:
Maryanne Tagney
General Director:
Aidan Lang
Executive Director:
Kelly Tweeddale
Programs and Services:
Production of mainstage operas
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Opera education and community programs
Set and costume building
Set and costume rental
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Full-Time Regular Staff:
80, approximately
Part-Time Employees:
700, approximately
(includes musicians, crews, and administrative staff)
Seattle Opera Chorus
Composed of members of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization
American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO
I.A.T.S.E., Local #15
(stage crew and scenic carpenters)
I.A.T.S.E., Local #488
(hair/makeup artists and scenic artists)
T.W.U., Local #887
(costume technicians and wardrobe crew)
Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization
Board of Trustees:
58 members
Advisory Board:
25 members
Seattle Opera Foundation Board:
10 members
BRAVO! Club:
547 members (for operagoers in their 20s and 30s)
SOWING Circle:
35 members (Seattle Opera Women's INitiative Group)
Wagner and More (WAM):
115 members (Education and Social Activities for those who love Wagner)
2014/15 Season:
40 mainstage performances
Administrative Offices:
Seattle, WA
Rehearsal Studios:
Seattle, WA
Costume Shop:
Seattle, WA
Scenic Studios:
Renton, WA
Costume Shop:
John Street building
Kent, WA

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Photo Credit

Parsifal, 2003 © Rozarii Lynch photo