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Highlights Recital
Premieres October 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Available to our 20/21 season ticket holders.


Music and Libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo

Online highlights recital available to season ticket holders from October 16–November 6, 2020. Subscriptions to our 2021 Spring Season are on sale and include this program and our full 2020 virtual fall season.

Feel a husband’s jealousy, a wife’s betrayal, and a clown’s love and sadness in this highlights recital of Leoncavallo’s beloved tale. Gregory Kunde, Michael Mayes, Vanessa Goikoetxea, and Will Liverman—artists originally scheduled to perform in this August double bill are excited to be part of this presentation that was filmed in locations from Seattle to Spain.


[Kunde's] triumph is undeiable, but rather a tribute to the opera, which can thus be enjoyed without a single note being missed or a single transition squandered.”

L'ape musical

Soprano Vanessa Golkoetxea epitomized her role in every movement and with fine expressive singing.


[Liverman's] baritone is one of sheer beautiy.”

Opera News

Mr. Mayes not only gifted us with the powerful beauty of his burnished instrument, but he also made my jaw drop.”

Opera Today



This recital will be available to all 2020/21 season ticket holders through your My Account page. Please make sure you have the necessary log in information to access your Fall Season programming. In addition, instructions and links will be sent to your email address on file. If you are unsure of how to log in, or stream this video please review our Streaming FAQs or call Audience Services Monday through Friday 10 AM–2PM at 206-389-7676.

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Seattle Opera presents the fall season to entertain you, lift your spirits, and keep you connected to the music and artists you know and love. We are commited to presenting as many free opera performances as we can. In the 2020 Fall Season, a series of three recitals will begin with tenor Frederick Ballentine on October 2, 2020.   

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Gregory Kunde


At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Turiddu (Cav.)/Canio (Pag.), Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Kankakee, IL
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Ramiro, Cinderella (’96); Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (’88); Tamino, The Magic Flute (’88)
Recently: Otello, Otello (Royal Opera House Covent Garden); Samson, Samson et Dalila (Teatro de la Maestranza); Calaf, Turandot (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Upcoming: Don Carlos, Don Carlos (Opera Royal de Wallonie); Jean de Leyde, Le Prophète (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Calaf, Turandot (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)

Last Updated: December 2019

Gregory Kunde


Vanessa Goikoetxea


At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nedda, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Durango (Bizkaia), Spain
Seattle Opera Debut: Micaëla, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Giselda, I Lombardi (ABAO); Jenny Smith, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Korea National Opera); Mimì, La bohème (ABAO)
Upcoming: Vitellia, La Clemenza di Tito (Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona); Violetta Valery, La Traviata (Teatro de la Maestranza)

Last updated: December 2019

Vanessa Goikoetxea


Michael Mayes


At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Alfio/Tonio, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Cut-n-Shoot, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Di Luna, Il trovatore ('19)
Recently: Rigoletto, Rigoletto (Houston Grand Opera); Joseph de Rocher, Dead Man Walking (The Israeli Opera); Richard Nixon, Nixon In China (Staatsoper Stuttgart)
Upcoming: Rigoletto, Rigoletto (Nashville Opera) Daddy/Mr. Floyd, The Copper Queen (Arizona Opera [premiere]); Beck, Everest (BBC Orchestra)

Last updated: December 2019

Michael Mayes


Will Liverman


At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Marcello, La bohème
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Silvio, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Raimbaud, Count Ory (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Papageno, The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera); Silvio, Pagliacci (Opera Colorado); Pantalone, The Love for Three Oranges (Opera Philadelphia)
Upcoming: Silvio, Pagliacci (Portland Opera); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Austin Opera); Leporello, Don Giovanni (Los Angeles Opera)

Last Updated: February 2020

Will Liverman


John Keene


At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Chorusmaster, Eugene Onegin (‘20); Pianist, Recitals with Melody Wilson and Angela Brown (’20), and Three Singing Sisters (’19)
Upcoming: Pianist, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana, and Angela Meade and Jamie Barton in Concert (Seattle Opera) 

Last updated: September 2020

John Keene


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2020/21 Season Sponsors

James and Sherry Raisbeck
Barbara Stephanus

Recital Sponsor

Kreielsheimer Foundation

Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana, Theater Bonn, 2019 © Thilo Beu, THEATER BONN