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Songs of Summer LIVE!

June 11 & 13, 2021
The Opera Center, Outdoors

Overview

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.
Full Program

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.

 

Artists

John Marzano

Tenor

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

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Giuseppe, La traviata (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Le Remendado, Carmen (’19); Ruiz, Il trovatore (’19)
Recently: Andronico, Bajazet (Portland Opera); Alfredo, La Traviata (Vashon Opera); Camille de Rosillon, The Merry Widow (Tacoma Opera); Tony, West Side Story (Symphony Tacoma); Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Vashon Opera)
Upcoming: Donald Trump, The Central Park Five (Portland Opera)

Last updated: May 2021

John Marzano

Tenor

Friday, June 11 at 5 PM

Robert McPherson

The Drunken Tenor

Tenor
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: The Tenor, Songs of Summer: The Drunken Tenor
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Tenor, Songs of Summer: The Drunken Tenor – Quarantini Edition (2020)

Recently:  Idreno, Semiramide (Metropolitan Opera) Narraboth, Salome (Israeli Opera), Nadir, Les Pêcheurs de Perles (English National Opera) Leopold, La Juive (Opéra national du Rhin) Cavaradossi, Tosca (Tacoma Opera)
Last Updated: May 2021
Robert McPherson

The Drunken Tenor

Friday, June 11 at 8 PM
Sunday, June 13 at 5 PM

Jennifer Bromagen

Soprano

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: 
Soprano, Songs of Summer: The Drunken Tenor

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Seattle Opera Debut:  Bridesmaid, The Marriage of Figaro ('09) 
Previously at Seattle Opera:  Alice, Count Ory ('16); First Lay Sister, Suor Angelica ('13); Pedro, Don Quichotte ('11) 
Recently:  Konstanze, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Puget Sound Concert Opera); Mimi, La Bohème (Pacific Northwest Opera); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Vashon Opera)
Upcoming: Violetta, La Traviata (Pacific Northwest Opera)

Last Updated: May 2021

Jennifer Bromagen

Soprano

Friday, June 11 at 8 PM
Sunday, June 13 at 5 PM

Margaret Gawrysiak

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Recitalist, Songs of Summer; Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro

Hometown: Geneseo, IL
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2007/08; 2008/09
Seattle Opera Debut: Vera Boronel, The Consul (’14)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Older Woman, Flight; Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin ('20); Berta, The Barber of Seville (’17)
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: April 2021

Margaret Gawrysiak

Mezzo-Soprano

Sunday, June 13, at 2 PM

David McDade

Pianist

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love; Frederick Ballentine in Recital

Hometown: Portland, OR
Seattle Opera Debut: Rigoletto ('95)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Pianist, Charlie Parker's Yardbird ('20); Eugene Onegin ('20); Cinderella ('19)

Recently: Pianist, Performance in Place, Songs of Summer with Vanessa Vasquez, The Drunken Tenor: Quarantini Edition (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: September 2020

David McDade

Pianist

Friday, June 11 at 8 PM
Sunday, June 13 at 5 PM

John Keene

Pianist

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

Pianist

Sunday, June 13 at 2 PM

Beth Grimmett-Tankersley

Pianist

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Pianist, Songs of Summer with John Marzano

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Songs of Summer with Shelly Traverse ('20)
Recently:
 Intermezzo Recital Series: Songs of Irving Berlin (Tacoma Opera); Papageno's Story (Tacoma Opera)
Upcoming: Intermezzo Recital Series:  A Young Man's Exhortation (Tacoma Opera) 

Last Updated: June 2021

Beth Grimmett-Tankersley

Pianist

Friday, June 11 at 5 PM

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