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Our Earth Around Town

Seattle Opera presents a trilogy of operas created for our youngest opera goers and their families. Sung in English, the Our Earth trilogy follows a cast of animal and human characters as they explore marine, freshwater, and forest ecosystems.

Bellingham Performance - August 1
Next Seattle Performance - August 3

In the first opera, Heron and the Salmon Girl, salmon fail to return to the sea one spring. Heron, Orca and Turtle, and the fisherman Tayil travel from the open water of Puget Sound to an estuary in search of the missing fish. Meanwhile Alitsa, a young woman who is also a salmon, searches for her brother, Parr, who has left their small fishing village, only to fall ill in the big city.

Our salmon siblings, Parr and Alitsa, continue their journey in Rushing Upriver - closely pursued by a hungry coyote, a treacherous raccoon, and a wise raven - in search of a unique white flower with healing properties.

The Our Earth trilogy concludes with Every River Has Its People as Frog, Eagle, Owl, Alitsa, Parr, and Tayil head even farther inland to solve the mystery of the missing salmon.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.
In-school performances available by contacting Barbara Lynne Jamison.

Music by Eric Banks
Libretto by Irene Keliher

Upcoming Events

Our Earth at Marrowstone Music Festival
Thursday, August 1, 2013

7:30 PM
Western Washington University Performing Arts Center

The world premiere of "Every River Has Its People", the third Our Earth opera, and encore performances of the others in the series, with Seattle Youth Symphony, and Seattle Opera soloists and Youth Chorus.
Tickets: or 260-650-6146.

Make Some Noise! Open House
Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Avenue

An all-day operatic affair at McCaw Hall featuring the complete Our Earth trilogy with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Opera soloists and Youth Chorus, including the premiere of Every River Has Its People, the third and final opera in the series. At this free, fun day of discovery at the opera, you’ll encounter three-dimensional Ring-inspired sidewalk art by Marlin Peterson; explore KING FM’s Instrument Petting Zoo; participate in a “Make Your Own Instrument” activity, and enjoy a photo retrospective of Seattle Opera’s 50 years and imaginative original performance art by Lelavision.  This Seattle-based group, whose mission is to delight people using creativity, will play several of their kinetic musical sculptures, including “Violcano,” “Longwave,” “Metalphor,” and “Orbacles.”  Open house guests will also have an exclusive opportunity to subscribe to the four operas of Seattle Opera’s 50th Anniversary season for only $50. 

In the afternoon, musicians from Seattle Opera’s Youth Chorus and the Seattle Youth Symphony, together with Seattle Opera’s professional singers, will present Seattle Opera’s complete Our Earth opera trilogy, with music by Eric Banks and libretti by Irene Keliher, conducted by Stephen Rogers Radcliffe.  Heron and the Salmon Girl will be performed at noon, Rushing Upriver at 1:15 p.m., and Every River Has Its People at 2:30 p.m.  Lelavision will share more instruments during the first break, and guests can learn about the finer points of kazoo virtuosity during the second!

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