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Seattle Opera.

On Tuesday, June 2, we are joining others across the music industry in Black Out Tuesday also called #TheShowMustBePaused. We will not post on social media, and have rescheduled tonight’s online Opera Talk Composer Spotlight on Mozart, for another night. We encourage our staff, board, and audiences to take the day to learn about what everyone can do to positively effect change in America. 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.

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

View the Full Schedule

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

Opera Time at the Opera Center: Never Play Music Next to the Zoo

This week’s video installment of our early learning program includes interactive sing-alongs and a reading of children’s book Never Play Music Next to the Zoo.

Operawise Podcast: Opèra Comique

In the new Operawise podcast series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean gives listeners a taste of nine different types of historical opera. Episode #6 is about Opéra Comique. A native French form of lower-brow musical theater, this genre features spoken dialogue, and catchy tunes with easy-to-sing refrains. Opéra-comiques are still performed today including Carmen, Beatrice and Benedict, and Opéra-Comique derivatives such as Faust

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

Available Now

Performing in Place

Enjoy a virtual performances by Seattle Opera artists from Head of Coach-Accompanists, David McDade to members of our Teen Vocal Studio who are sharing how they are staying connected with music and art even when they aren’t singing.  

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

Video: Costume Director Susan Davis’s Favorite Costumes

Costume Director Susan Davis answers one of our patrons’ most frequently-asked questions: what are her favorite costumes and operas? From “the epitome of a classic period costume” to a fanciful mashup of medieval, renaissance, and 70s glam rock influences, learn about a few of her stand-out looks in this new video.

Interview: Getting to know Christina Scheppelmann

With performances canceled and everyone at home, now is the perfect time to get to know each other a little bit better. Enjoy an interview with our General Director, Christina Scheppelmann, where she discusses her extensive experience in the opera world.

Part 1: Scheppelmann describes how she got her start in opera. Hear about her early experiences in a children’s opera chorus, the first opera she saw, and her time working at an agency managing singers’ careers all over the world.

 

Part 2: Scheppelmann shares insights from her international career that has spanned cultures, theaters, and continents.

Music Playlists: “Opera Goes to the Movies,” “Soothing Moods,” and more

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. 

 

 

 

Video: How to make a costume sketch

Costume Show Manager Heidi Zamora shares with us how she creates a costume sketch and how they are used to prepare for a production. Try creating a sketch for yourself at home and be sure to post it on Facebook or Instagram for us to see. (Watch until the end for a fun guest appearance!) 

Opera Talks and More

Although we’ve had to cancel our in-person events we are recording talks and making past presentations available to share with audiences. From discussing black representation in the arts to chatting about opera genres, enjoy a playlists of videos covering a variety of topics.

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

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.

Opera Time at the Opera Center: More Episodes

Prior video installments of our early learning program include readings of children’s books Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse, Dragons Love Tacos, Jump, Frog, Jump!, and Mortimer.

Operawise Podcast: More Episodes

In the new Operawise podcast series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean gives listeners a taste of nine different types of historical opera. So far he’s covered Opera Seria, Grand Opera, Bel Canto Melodrama, Music Drama, Verismo, and Opera Buffa.

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

Upcoming Schedule

Saturdays at 10:00 AM: Seattle Opera Mornings on KING FM

Join us from April 25 through July 25 for Seattle Opera Mornings on KING FM. 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

View the Full Schedule

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.

Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 AM: Opera Time at the Opera Center

This musical storytelling program for our youngest opera lovers is now 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, March 21 through May 2. See above for prior episodes, available now!

Sunday, May 3 at 7:00 PM: Sunday Songs with Sarah and Jay

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen 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. See above for parts 1 and 2, which premiere Sundays, April 19 and 26 at 7:00 PM.

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.

Weekly: A New Opera Talk

Stay tuned for a new Opera Talk each week with dramaturg Jonathan Dean or one of our special guest speakers. Topics include composer overviews, history of McCaw Hall, opera’s greatest villains, and more.

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