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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.

We are humbled by the generosity of our donors during this unique time. Your financial support powers Opera at Home and also sustains us until we can join each other as a community to enjoy opera together. Check back often for the latest content!

Last updated April 24

New This Week

Seattle Opera Mornings on KING FM

NEW! We are pleased to announce that thanks to a our partnership with KING FM, opera music continues to reverberate in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From April 25 through July 25, Classical KING FM 98.1 will broadcast recordings of previous Seattle Opera performances on the radio and at king.org every Saturday morning at 10 AM Pacific Time.

Up next:

  • Saturday, April 25 at 10 AM: Aida, recorded May 12, 2018
  • Saturday, May 2 at 10 AM: La bohème, recorded March 2, 2013

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Thank you to the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization, a chapter of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Musicians, for their collaboration on this project.

Sunday Songs with Sarah Larsen and Jay Rozendaal

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen (last seen as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel) and pianist Jay Rozendaal were scheduled to give an in-person recital that had to be canceled, but they’ve recorded the program in three parts for your at-home enjoyment: Sunday Songs with Sarah and Jay.

Part 2 (April 26): Ragtime Songs of the Suffragettes These songs encompass many aspects of the women’s suffrage movement including those who were for women’s right to vote and those who were against it. Whether absurd, offensive, or funny, they show us not only how far we have come, but also how far we still have to go.

  • “Everybody Works but Ma” by Grace Keller
  • “She’s Good Enough to be Your Baby’s Mother” by Herman Paley
  • “Weak Little Woman” by Gustav Luders
  • “That Ragtime Suffragette” by Nat D. Ayer

 

Part 1 (April 17): Fables de la Fontaine This series of fables written by Jean de la Fontaine runs the gamut from light-hearted and fun, to slightly darker and more sinister, but always with a moral at the end. Translations are provided as subtitles in the video recording.

  • “Le corbeau et le renard” (“The raven and the fox”) by Charles Lecocq
  • “Le loup et l’agneau” (“The wolf and the lamb”) by Charles Lecocq
  • “La cigale et la fourmi” (“The grasshopper and the ant”) by Charles Trenet

Opera Talk with Jonathan Dean: Puccini

This Monday, April 27 at 7:00 PM , dramaturg Jonathan Dean kicks off a new series of Opera Talks: Composer Spotlight. The first installment explores the life and works of Giacomo Puccini, from Manon Lescaut to La bohème and beyond.

Performing in Place: Copland’s “Conversation at the Soda Fountain”

While sheltering in place, Head of Coach-Accompanists David McDade recorded his performance of American composer Aaron Copland’s “Conversation at the Soda Fountain” from the 1940 film Our Town.

For more videos like this one check out our Performances in Place playlist on YouTube, or below in the “Available Now” section.

Four New Zoom Video Chat Backgrounds: Costume Shop

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.”

New this Week: The costume shop is always a favorite stop on tours of the Opera Center. Sneak a peek with new backgrounds from the work room and the costume storage area, affectionately known as our giant closet!

Previous weeks’ backgrounds: Opera Center

Previous weeks’ backgrounds: Seattle Opera Productions