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Flight

Streaming April 23–25, 2021.

Subscriber Early Access Days begin April 3.

 

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Overview

Flight is that rarest thing, a popular new comic opera… Dove’s music flies, the opera is fun, and people are going to love it.”

The Evening Standard


Music by Jonathan Dove; Libretto by April De Angelis

Streaming April 23–25 for $35. 
Subscriber Early Access Days begin April 3.

A slice of life story set in the everyday world of an airport terminal. An omniscient air traffic controller watches over a departure lounge bustling with cynical flight attendants, an excitable couple on vacation, a mysterious older woman, and a diplomat and his expectant wife, all of whom must spend the night to wait out a storm. A stateless refugee, stranded indefinitely in the terminal, listens to the passengers’ often entertaining stories while haplessly dodging an immigration officer.

Inspired by a true story—Mehran Karimi Nasseri’s 18-year forced residency at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport—the opera’s vignettes and meditations on love and identity are presented with winning humor, but without easy resolutions. In the end we discover how empathy for the anguished around us is a key element of human resilience, allowing us to surmount obstacles and fly another day.

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Flight
was filmed on location at The Museum of Flight across several exhibits of the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery.

Performance Information

Performance Information

In English with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 2 hours and 9 minutes including one intermission.

Filmed at The Museum of Flight.

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Movie-style Rating: PG-13

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Streaming Availability

Our online stream of Flight is on sale now to the public for $35 per stream. Once you have purchased your stream you will be able to access this opera April 23–25 through your Seattle Opera account.

Proceeds from individual streaming operas benefit artists, musicians, and crew via union funds, including the AGMA Artists Relief Fund. We are grateful to all of our union partners for their creativity and enthusiasm to put these operas on stage.

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2020/21 season ticket holders will have Early Access Days for this online opera with a full three weeks to watch April, 3 through 25, 2021. To access the performance please log in to your account or watch your email on the evening of the premiere for an exclusive link to the video. 

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Public Events

We are also excited to offer free virtual performances as part of our 2021 Spring Season.  Enjoy recitals by many Seattle Opera performers on our website, YouTube and Facebook all spring.

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Cast

Randall Scotting

Refugee

Countertenor
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Refugee, Flight

Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
Seattle Opera Debut: Athamas, Semele ('15)
Recent: Apollo, Death in Venice (Royal Opera House); Hamor, Jephtha (Boston Baroque); Spirit/Cupid, Dido and Aeneas/Venus and Adonis (Florentine Opera)
Upcoming: San Giovanni, San Giovanni Battista (Opera Omaha); Soloist, Carmina Burana (Springfield Symphony); Eliogabalo, Eliogabalo (West Edge Opera) 


Last updated: January 2021

Randall Scotting

Refugee

Sharleen Joynt

Controller

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Controller, Flight

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:  Controller, Flight  (Pacific Opera Victoria); Cunegonde, Candide (Ravinia Music Festival); Musetta, La boheme (Vancouver Opera)
Upcoming: Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (Calgary Opera)

Last Updated: January 2021

Sharleen Joynt

Controller

Seattle Opera Debut

Joshua Kohl

Bill

Tenor
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Bill, Flight

Hometown: Fargo, ND
Seattle Opera Debut:
Brighella, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Kudrjas, Katya Kabanova ('17)
Recently: Soloist, Das Lied von der Erde (Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg); Fenton, Falstaff (Theater Freiburg); Prologue/Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw (Theater Freiburg) 
Upcoming: Tom Rakewell, The Rake's Progress (Theater Freiburg); Des Grieux, Manon (Theater Freiburg); B.F. Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly (Theater Freiburg)

Last updated: January 2021

Joshua Kohl

Bill

Karen Vuong

Tina

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Tina, Flight

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Trang/Nurse, Amelia (’10)
Recently: Rusalka, Rusalka (Tiroler Festspiele); Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Oper Frankfurt); Micaëla, Carmen (Oper Frankfurt); Almirena, Rinaldo (Oper Frankfurt)
Upcoming: Gänsemagd, Königskinder (Tiroler Festspiele)

Last Updated: January 2021

Karen Vuong

Tina

Margaret Gawrysiak

Older Woman

Mezzo-Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Older Woman, Flight

Hometown: Geneseo, IL
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2007/08; 2008/09
Seattle Opera Debut: Vera Boronel, The Consul (’14)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin ('20); Berta, The Barber of Seville (’17); Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16)
Recently: Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Colorado); Old Lady, Candide (Tanglewood/Ravinia Festival); Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin (Atlanta Opera); Emma Jones, Street Scene (Virginia Opera), Mistress Hibbons, Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado)  

Last Updated: January 2021

Margaret Gawrysiak

Older Woman

Sarah Larsen

Stewardess

Mezzo-Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Lola, Cavalleria rusticana; Sarah Larsen, Ode to Beethoven; Stewardess, Flight

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2011/12, 2012/13
Seattle Opera Debut: Mercédès, Carmen (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); The Secretary, The Consul (’14); Maddalena, Rigoletto (’14)
Recently: Flora, La traviata (Metropolitan Opera); Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte (Mill City Summer Opera); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Virginia Opera); Jan, Everest (Calgary Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City)
Upcoming: Laurene Powell, (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Austin Opera, Atlanta Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Last updated: January 2021

Sarah Larsen

Stewardess

Joseph Lattanzi

Steward

Baritone
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Steward, Flight

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2011/12 
Seattle Opera Debut: Moralès, Carmen (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Kuligin, Katya Kabanova ('17); Assan, The Consul (’14); Registrar, Madama Butterfly (’12)  
Recently: Silvio, Pagliacci (Atlanta Opera); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Cincinnati Opera); Hawkins Fuller, Fellow Travelers (Arizona Opera); Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni (Jacksonville Symphony) 
Upcoming: Hawkins Fuller, Fellow Travelers (Des Moines Metro Opera)

Last Updated: January 2021

Joseph Lattanzi

Steward

Aubrey Allicock

Minskman

Bass-Baritone
At Seattle Opera 2020/21: Minksman, Flight

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Seattle Opera Debut: Cesare Angelotti, Tosca (15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro ('16)
Recently: Young Emile, Champion (Opera de Montréal); Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Argante, Rinaldo (Glyndebourne)

Last Updated: January 2021

Aubrey Allicock

Minskman

Karin Mushegain

Minskwoman

Mezzo-Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Minkswoman, Flight

Hometown: Redlands, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Cinderella, Cinderella ('13)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro ('16)
Recently: Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Charlottesville Opera); Zerlina, Don Giovanni (Austin Opera); Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (Virginia Opera); Aldonza, The Man of La Mancha (Pensacola Opera); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Charlottesville Opera); Zibaldona, Alma Deutscher's Cinderella (Opera San Jose)