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Songs of Summer LIVE!

June 11 & 13, 2021
The Opera Center, Outdoors


After our successful recital series last summer, we are excited to launch this year's Songs of Summer LIVE! Join us June 11 and 13, 2021, for four exciting outdoor in-person performances featuring mezzo-soprano Margaret Gawrysiak, The Drunken Tenor (Robert McPherson), or tenor John Marzano.

The south side of the Opera Center will transformed into an outdoor stage with up to 130 audience members at each performance. Audience members will be seated in social distanced pods with a maximum of two chairs per pod. These performances are BYOC (bring-your-own-chair) events, so don't forget to grab your favorite camping or outdoor chair before you join us for Songs of Summer LIVE!

Pods are $25 each and can accommodate 1 or 2 chairs. Each pod will be distanced from the next pod. Max of 2 pod purchases per customer, please. Masks will be required at this event regardless of vaccination status.

Program Information

John Marzano
Friday, June 11 at 5:00 PM
The 2021 Winner, Northwest Region Metropolitan Opera National Council has prepared a program showcasing a wide variety of styles. From classic arias from Rigoletto and The Magic Flute to the traditional folksong "O Danny Boy" and a selection from Hamilton, audiences will be treated to a diverse and exciting program.
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Margaret Gawrysiak
Sunday, June 13 at 2:00 PM
After wonderful quarantine performance in last year's Songs of Summer, Ms. Gawrysiak is celebrating being in person with songs about going out by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and more. Plus this powerhouse mezzo is leaning in to her witchy side with arias for some of opera's classic conjurers.
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The Drunken Tenor
Friday, June 11 at 8:00 PM & Sunday, June 13 at 5:00 PM
Robert McPherson has selected his finest tuxedo t-shirt for his return to Songs of Summer. Joined by special guest soprano Jennifer Bromagen, their combination of standup and sketch comedy along with song parody is sure to be an evening of light-hearted fun and laughter.
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Performance Schedule

Friday, June 11, 2021

5 PM: John Marzano with pianist Beth Grimmett-Tankersley
8 PM: The Drunken Tenor, Robert McPherson with pianist David McDade

Sunday, June 13, 2021

2 PM:  Margaret Gawrysiak with pianist John Keene 
5 PM: The Drunken Tenor, Robert McPherson with pianist David McDade

Each recital will be approximately one hour long.



John Marzano


At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Recitalist, Songs of Summer

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Giuseppe, La