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Seattle Opera.

Per the latest public health policies from Governor Inslee, King County Public Health, and the CDC, all Seattle Opera public events through May 31, 2020 are canceled, including La bohème. Learn more

Opera at Home

Our stage may be dark, but we are working on lots of different ways to bring you the art form you love. From video playlists of past favorites to family-friendly Opera Time sessions, new podcasts, streaming Opera Talks, and more, we will continue to work hard to bring opera to you, wherever you are.

Here’s what we have ready so far to enjoy from the comfort of your couch. Check back often for the latest content!

Last updated March 27

New This Week

Music Playlists: “Italian Opera Favorites” and “Drink Up”

Whether you’re looking for a playlist to help you relax at the end of the day or something to get you ready for your next at home workout, there’s opera music for that! Each week we're compiling playlists of past Seattle Opera selections to match your many moods. This week we honor the birthplace of our art form with “Italian Opera Favorites” and provide the soundtrack for your next virtual happy hour with “Drink Up,” a collection of drinking songs and choruses.

 

Zoom Video Chat Backgrounds

As we all move to online meetings and virtual get-togethers, surprise and delight your friends and coworkers with images from past Seattle Opera productions as your background for your next Zoom call. Photos © Philip Newton.

Learn about this feature with a quick tutorial on Zoom’s website, then download one of our images by clicking its link and then right-clicking and choosing “Save As.”

Fun & Silly Videos Playlist

Sometimes our cast members like to goof around! Enjoy a playlist of videos that show the lighter side of opera. From the “Trovatore Yodel” with baritone Michael Mayes to a “Figaroff” with John Moore and Will Liverman, these short and novel videos will bring a smile to opera fans’ faces.

To see the list and jump to your favorite, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.

Opera Time at the Opera Center: Dragons Love Tacos

This week’s video installment of our early learning program features the Opera Time song and a reading of children’s book Dragons Love Tacos.

March Opera Talk with Jonathan Dean

Although we’ve had to cancel our in-person Opera Talks, dramaturg Jonathan Dean is recording his talks to share with audiences. This month’s topic is “Opera 101: Nine Types of Opera to Get you Started.” How many different types of opera are there, anyway? Lots! In this event, 98.1 Classical KING FM’s Creative Director, Dacia Clay (host of the Classical Classroom podcast), chats with Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean (host of the Seattle Opera podcast) about several types of opera you’re likely to see at a place like Seattle Opera, plus other issues of interest to those who want to discover more about this rich and extravagant art form.

Operawise Podcast: Grand Opera

In the new Operawise podcast series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean gives listeners a taste of nine different types of historical opera. Episode #2 is about grand opera, which developed in the mid-19th century and centered on performances at the Opéra in Paris. The roots of the genre stretch back to the opulent court of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, and continue to influence how opera is presented to this day.

Our entire podcast library is also available on our site, on iTunes, or by searching “Seattle Opera” on your favorite podcast app.

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Top 10 Videos Playlist

We’ve combed through our past videos to find your favorites! In this playlist, enjoy the ten most-watched Seattle Opera videos from the last year. To see the list and jump to your favorite, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.

Operawise Podcast: Opera Seria

In the new Operawise podcast series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean gives listeners a taste of nine different types of historical opera. The series kicked off last week with a look at opera seria, traditional Italian serious opera, which developed in the mid-1600s and lasted into the early 1800s. Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), an opera from 1724, is a great masterpiece and an examplar of the genre; another is Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, 1762/1774.

Our entire podcast library is also available on our site, on iTunes, or by searching “Seattle Opera” on your favorite podcast app.

Opera Time at the Opera Center: Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse

The first video installment of our early learning program features the Opera Time song and a reading of children’s book Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse.

Upcoming Schedule

Saturday mornings: Opera Time at the Opera Center

This musical storytelling program for our youngest opera lovers will be available in video form, delivered to you by one of our teaching artists. New sessions will be posted every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. See above for the first two episodes, available now!

Each Wednesday: A New Podcast

Now is the perfect time to expand your knowledge of opera with our new series Operawise. Each episode explores a different aspect of opera, from voice types to opera genres, providing you with a quick opera lesson from at least six feet away. Our entire podcast library is also available on our site, on iTunes, or by searching “Seattle Opera” on your favorite podcast app.

Mid-April: Opera Talk with Christina Scheppelmann and Jonathan Dean

April’s topic is “How an Opera Makes it to the Stage.” General Director Christina Scheppelmann joins dramaturg Jonathan Dean to discuss how we choose which operas to produce, which sets and costumes to put on stage, how singers are cast, and more.

Main Photo © Sean Airhart