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Streamed April 23–25, 2021.

"An example of how opera can thrive on film."
Musical America

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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.

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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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Proceeds from this opera stream benefitted 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.






Randall Scotting


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


Sharleen Joynt


At Seattle Opera in 22021/22: Amore, Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Cunegonde, Candide (Ravinia Music Festival); Musetta, La bohème (Vancouver Opera); Winnie, Sky on Wings (Opera Philadelphia); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (Leipzig); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera Victoria); Gilda, Rigoletto (Edmonton Opera)

Last Updated: April 2021

Sharleen Joynt


Seattle Opera Debut

Joshua Kohl


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