Seattle Opera - Our Earth

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Our Earth

OUR EARTH 

Our Earth brings together music, drama, science, and nature in an opera trilogy. Performed by four adult singers and optional children’s chorus with piano in your school, each 35-minute fully-staged opera is perfect for young audiences (K-5). An ideal all-school assembly for only $400!

Schools with choral music, or an interest in developing a choral program, can participate by singing ensemble numbers in each performance. Don’t have a chorus?  We can help you build one for an additional fee. Financial assistance is available.

Now scheduling performances January – June, 2016

CURRENT Shows

  • Rushing Upriver: The river rapids speak to Parr and his sister Alitsa, urging them to be cautious of predators on their journey home. Hungry Coyote and mischievous Raccoon closely pursue them. Tempted by hunger, Coyote must remember that if he eats these two salmon, they cannot lead him to the other salmon that will feed his family. Raccoon looks forward to eating the scraps of Coyote’s catch, and she can’t believe he let the salmon go.

    Alitsa and Parr are in search of a special healing flower. Alitsa searches on land while Parr swims, invigorated to be in salmon form again. The fisherman, Tayil, arrives, still empty-handed, short-tempered, and looking for salmon. Parr joins his sister on land and they ask Tayil for a ride in his boat. Tayil has no desire to take on passengers, and sails on alone to find the fish.

    Alitsa, now losing strength from so much time out of the water, sends Parr in search of the unique white flower with healing properties. Parr is counseled by wise Raven, who reminds him that he has the answers he needs; he need only listen to his heart. Will he find what he needs? Will the weakened Alitsa be safe from the predators of the forest?

 

  • Every River Has Its People: The young salmon cry for help. Trapped in a mudslide, they need someone to set them free. Sensitive Frog knows the way, but the bossy Golden Eagle is doubtful. They are followed and prodded by inquisitive Owl, who is also anxious to save the salmon. Owl lives in the trees, whose roots depend on salmon bones in the water to stay strong.

    Alitsa and Parr find themselves home, at last. Almost immediately, though, they notice that something’s wrong. The salmon are trapped, and that’s why they’ve been missing. None of them is strong enough to clear the stream, so Tayil reluctantly agrees to help.

    Tayil learns that the young siblings he has helped are actually salmon, and he is angry at being tricked. In his anger, he vows to catch all the salmon. Eagle chastises him for being so selfish, and to teach him a lesson, she turns him into a salmon: it’s his turn to know what it feels like to be hunted. Surprisingly, Tayil finds his time as a salmon exhilarating. When Eagle is ready to return Tayil to his human form, he decides to remain a fish. The balance is returned to the waters because everyone has learned how much we depend on each other.

Available Dates:

January 2016    Sign Up
February 2016    Sign Up
March 2016    Sign Up
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May 2016    Sign Up
June 2016    Sign Up

 

For more information about Our Earth, please call Mark Allwein, School Programs Coordinator, at 206.676.5566 or email Mark.Allwein@SeattleOpera.org

Main Photo © Rozarii Lynch