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Flight

Departures. Delays. Discoveries.

Feb. 27–Mar. 13, 2021

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

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.

Performance Information

Performance Information

In English with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including one intermission

Performed at McCaw Hall | 321 Mercer Street | Directions & Parking

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Movie-style Rating: PG-13

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Cast

David DQ Lee

Refugee

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Refugee, Flight

Hometown: Vancouver, BC / Seoul, Korea
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Masha, Tri Sestry (Frankfurt Opera); Endimione, La Calisto (Nürnberg Opera), Disinganno, Il Trionfo del Tempo (Stanislavsky Opera, Moscow)
Upcoming: Tamerlano, Il Tamerlano (Nürnberg Opera), Akhnaten, Akhnaten (Dortmund Opera), Oreste, Irene (Theater an der Wien)

Last Updated: December 2019

David DQ Lee

Refugee

Seattle Opera Debut
Feb. 27
Mar. 3, 7, & 13

Randall Scotting

Refugee

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); Kassandra/Athena, The Oresteia (Christchurch Arts Festival)
Upcoming: San Giovanni, San Giovanni Battista (Opera Omaha); Soloist, Carmina Burana (Springfield Symphony); Eliogabalo, Eliogabalo (West Edge Opera)

Last updated: January 2020

Randall Scotting

Refugee

Feb. 28
Mar. 6, 10, & 12

Jeni Houser

Controller

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Controller, Flight

Hometown: Stougton, WI
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera); Franzi, Die Weiden (Wiener Staatsoper); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (Austin Opera); Olympia, The Tales of Hoffmann (Madison Opera)
Upcoming: Eurydice, Orpheus in the Underworld (Madison Opera); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (New Orleans Opera)

Last Updated: January 2020

Jeni Houser

Controller

Seattle Opera Debut
Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Joshua Kohl

Bill

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: Rodolfo, La bohème (Theater Freiburg); Fenton, Falstaff (Theater Freiburg); Prologue/Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw (Theater Freiburg)
Upcoming: Soloist, Das Lied von der Erde (Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg); Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly (Theater Freiburg); Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg)

Last updated: January 2020

Joshua Kohl

Bill

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Karen Vuong

Tina

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Tina, Flight

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Trang/Nurse, Amelia (’10)
Recently: Criside, Satyricon (Oper Frankfurt); Micaëla, Carmen (Oper Frankfurt); Almirena, Rinaldo (Oper Frankfurt)
Upcoming: Rusalka, Rusalka (Tiroler Festspiele); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Oper Frankfurt)

Last Updated: December 2019

Karen Vuong

Tina

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Maya Gour

Stewardess

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Tisbe, Cinderella
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Stewardess, Flight

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Seattle Opera Debut: Tisbe, Cinderella (’19)
Recently: Lucretia, The Rape of Lucretia (Oslo Opera House); Stewardess, Flight (Opera Parallèle); Pippo, La Gazza Ladra (Teatro Nuovo)

Last Updated: August 2019

Maya Gour

Stewardess

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Margaret Gawrysiak

Older Woman

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin
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: 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)
Upcoming: Berta, The Barber of Seville (Dallas Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Margaret Gawrysiak

Older Woman

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Joseph Lattanzi

Steward

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: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Cincinnati Opera); Hawkins Fuller, Fellow Travelers (Arizona Opera); Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni (Jacksonville Symphony)
Upcoming: Dandini, Cinderella (Virginia Opera); Hawkins Fuller, Fellow Travelers (Des Moines Metro Opera); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet (Michigan Opera Theatre)  

Last Updated: January 2020

Joseph Lattanzi

Steward

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Aubrey Allicock

Minskman

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)
Upcoming: Young Emile, Champion (Michigan Opera Theater); Dick Halloran, The Shining (Lyric Opera Kansas City); Dick Halloran, The Shining (Minnesota Opera)

Last Updated: January 2020

Aubrey Allicock

Minskman

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Renée Rapier

Minskwoman

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Minskwoman, Flight

Hometown: Boston, MA
Seattle Opera Debut: Anna, Mary Stuart (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Suzuki, Madame Butterfly ('17)
Recently: Jezibaba, Rusalka (Steamboat Opera); Suzuki, Madame Butterfly (Opera San Jose); Soloist, Europeras 1 & 2 (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Upcoming: Minkswoman, Flight (Minnesota Opera); Suzuki, Madame Butterfly (Tulsa Opera); Komponist, Ariadne auf Naxos (Calgary Opera)

Last updated: January 2020

Renée Rapier

Minskwoman

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Damien Geter

Immigration Officer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Immigration Officer, Flight

Hometown: Chesterfield County, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (’18)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Colonel, The Falling & The Rising ('19)
Recently: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera) Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Bremerton Symphony Orchestra); Soloist, Bach Cantata No. 31 Der Himmel Lacht! Der Erde Jubilieret! (Orchestra Seattle) 
Upcoming: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera) Angelotti, Tosca (Eugene Opera) Reverend, Sanctuaries (Third Angle New Music)

Last updated: December 2019

Damien Geter

Immigration Officer

Feb. 27, 28
Mar. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, & 13

Creative Team

Viswa Subbaraman

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Hometown: Big Spring, TX
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: The Barber of Seville (Opera Columbus); We Shall Not Be Moved (Opera Philadelphia, Dutch National Opera); Voir Dire (Fort Worth Opera)
Upcoming: Blue (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last Updated: December 2019

Viswa Subbaraman

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Brian Staufenbiel

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Director/Production Designer, Elektra (Minnesota Opera); Director/Production Designer, Das Rheingold (Minnesota Opera, Arizona Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal); Director, Scare Pair (LA Opera)
Upcoming: Director/Concept Designer, Harvey Milk (Opera Parallèle); Director/Production Designer, Golden City Suite (SFJazz); Concept Designer/Original Director, Flight (Minnesota Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Brian Staufenbiel

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Dave Dunning

Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: 
Set Designer, Flight (Opera Parallèle)

Last Updated: December 2019

Dave Dunning

Set Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Alina Bokovikova

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: If I Were You (San Francisco Opera); Today It Rains (Opera Parallele); Pelleas and Mellisande (West Edge Opera)
Upcoming: Harvey Milk (Opera Parallele); Costume director, The Elixir of Love (UC Santa Cruz)

Last updated: November 2019

Alina Bokovikova

Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

David Murakami

Projection Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Hometown: Los Angeles
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Elektra (Minnesota Opera); Dead Man Walking (Opera Parallèle); The Scare Pair (LA Opera Off-Grand)
Upcoming: Harvey Milk (Opera Parallèle); Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Outerlands Productions)

Last Updated: November 2019

David Murakami

Projection Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Matthew Antaky

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Hometown: Ventura, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Romeo and Juliette, (Utah Opera); Susanna (Festival Opera); The Marriage of Figaro (San Francisco Conservatory)
Upcoming: Carmen (Festival Opera); Die Fleidermaus (San Francisco Conservatory)

Last Updated: December 2019

Matthew Antaky

Lighting Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

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2020/21 Season Sponsors

James and Sherry Raisbeck
Barbara Stephanus

Production Sponsors

Microsoft
Tagney Jones Family Fund at Seattle Foundation
with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: Flight, Opera Parallèle, 2017 © Steve di Bartolomeo