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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.

Flight will be filmed on location at The Museum of Flight across several exhibits of the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The 3 million cubic foot, six story, glass and steel exhibit hall will offer a tremendous backdrop to this designed-for-filming production.

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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Season Ticket holders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Last Updated: January 2021

Karin Mushegain

Minskwoman

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); Angelotti, Tosca (Eugene Opera)
Upcoming: Composer, American Apollo (Washington National Opera); Sam, Trouble in Tahiti (Reno Chamber Orchestra); Reverend, Sanctuaries (Third Angle New Music) 

Last Updated: January 2021

Damien Geter

Immigration Officer

Creative Team

April De Angelis

Librettist

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Seattle Opera Debut
April De Angelis is an acclaimed playwright who has worked in stage, radio, and television. Among her recent works are My Brilliant Friend, The Village, Frankenstein, Jumpy, and an adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Her works have been produced at London’s National Theatre and Old Vic, Manchester’s Royal Exchange, and Oxford’s Old Fire Station. Her libretti include Flight, which paired her with Jonathan Dove, and The Silent Twins with Errollyn Wallen. Television credits includes Aristophanes for Channel 4 and she has written extensively for radio, including an acclaimed adaptation of Peyton Place for BBC Radio. De Angelis’s original musical, Mother Gin, is planned for production this year and she is currently writing new plays for Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Headlong Theatre Company.

April De Angelis

Librettist

Seattle Opera Debut

Viswa Subbaraman

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Hometown: Big Spring, TX
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: We Shall Not Be Moved (Opera Philadelphia, Dutch National Opera); Voir Dire (Fort Worth Opera)

Last Updated: January 2021

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, Everest (Opera Parallèle); Director/Concept Designer, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Festival Napa Valley); Director/Concept Designer, Harvey Milk (Opera Parallèle)

Last Updated: January 2021

Brian Staufenbiel

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Liesl Alice Gatcheco

Costume, Hair, and Makeup Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Costume Designer, Don Giovanni, Flight

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Costume Shop Stitcher, Carmen (2003)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Assistant Wardrobe Head, Seattle Opera (2003-2006); Hair and Makeup Dept. Manager, Seattle Opera (2009-Present); Photography Stylist and Manager, Seattle Opera (2016-Present)
Recently:  Permanent Makeup Artist, Eyebrowbaby; Makeup Artist, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Costume Designer, The Elixir of Love (Seattle Opera)

Last Updated: December 2020

Liesl Alice Gatcheco

Costume, Hair, and Makeup Designer

Robertson Witmer

Audio and Sound Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don GiovanniFlight

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Falling & The Rising
Previously at Seattle Opera: Charlie Parker's Yardbird
Recently: Dracula (ACT Theatre); Greenwood (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater); Lyric Suite (Spectrum Dance Theater)
Upcoming: The Great Leap (Portland Chinatown Museum)

Last Updated: January 2021

Robertson Witmer

Audio and Sound Designer

Kyle Seago

Video Director

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Previously at Seattle Opera
The Elixir of Love
Recently:
 Tacoma Symphony, ODESZA, Seattle Theatre Group

Last Updated: December 2020

Kyle Seago

Video Director

Sonia Dawkins

Choreographer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Choreographer, Flight

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time & My Heart is the Drum (Village Theatre); Pieces of My Heart (Philadanco); Pullman Porter Blues (Seattle R