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A Muslim Christian love story in a time of war.

April 1, 2, 6, 7, & 9, 2017

Tickets: $40

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Overview

A project by our Education & Community Engagement Department
Music by Claudio Monteverdi & François Couperin

An Early Music Trilogy. This April, join Seattle Opera for an immersive theatrical experience in a unique location. Based on Tasso's epic poem set during the Crusades, The Combat combines works by Monteverdi and Couperin to explore how differing cultural identities impact the lives of two star-crossed lovers. A Muslim warrior woman and a Christian crusader fall in love, unaware of each other’s faith. When they meet again during a nighttime battle, they fail to recognize one another, with tragic consequences. The Combat is performed by five singers, accompanied by a 5-piece Baroque ensemble. Conducted by Stephen Stubbs.

Performed at Seattle Opera Studios, 200 Terry Avenue North, Seattle.
The Combat is presented in South Lake Union at Seattle Opera's leased warehouse building, which houses our rehearsal space, administrative offices, props shop, and costume shop.

Tickets: $40, general admission. Performance dates:

  • April 1, 6, and 7 at 8:00 PM
  • April 2 at 2:00 PM
  • April 9 at 7:00 PM

Sung in English.
Approximate running time is 50 minutes with no intermission.

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Synopsis

Who's Who?

Testo is a poet from long ago who animates his characters like a puppet master
Clorinda is a Muslim warrior woman
Tancredi is a Christian crusader


The Story

Part One (Tirsi e Clori, by Claudio Monteverdi)
Clorinda and Trancredi meet and fall in love, unaware of each other’s faith and cultural identity.

Part Two (Il combattimento, by Claudio Monteverdi)
Testo delivers the story of Tancredi and Clorinda’s nighttime battle in a lonely location. The lovers do not recognize one another. Testo uses war and sectarian violence to manipulate the outcome: Tancredi mortally wounds Clorinda. When he realizes who she is, it is too late.

Part Three (Leçons de ténèbres, by François Couperin)
Tancredi is left with the body of his beloved, struggling to reconcile his faith with his actions.

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About the Conductor

Maestro Stephen Stubbs is a Grammy Award-winning Early Music expert making his Seattle Opera conducting debut with The Combat. He has also played guitar, theorbo, and lute with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for Seattle Opera productions of Orphée et Eurydice and Julius Caesar. He is the Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival, founder of Pacific MusicWorks, and Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington.

Cast

Eric Neuville

Testo

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: A Nobleman, Count Ory; Gastone, La traviata; Testo, The Combat; and First Priest, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Messenger, Aida

Eric Neuville is a regular on operatic and concert stages throughout the country. Recent highlights include performances of Young Thompson in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied at Nashville Opera, Mozart's Requiem with the Seattle Symphony, and the world premiere of John Muehleisen's Kippling Passion with Choral Arts NW. Neuville, a former Seattle Opera Young Artist, has performed on the mainstage for many roles, most recently as Gastone in La traviata.  Upcoming highlights include Pedrillo in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at Madison Opera, West Side Story Suite with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bernstein’s Mass with Austin Symphony, and First Priest in The Magic Flute at Seattle Opera.

Last updated: March 2017

Eric Neuville

Testo

Tess Altiveros

Clorinda

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Clorinda, The Combat

The Combat marks Tess Altiveros’s Seattle Opera debut. Past season highlights include Musetta in La bohème with the Colorado Symphony, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at City Opera Ballet, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with Angels & Demons Entertainment.  Recent engagements include Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw at Eugene Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Juneau Lyric Opera, and the Queen in Rumpelstiltskin at Opera Fairbanks. Upcoming engagements include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Skylark Opera, St. Matthew Passion with the Colorado Symphony, Euridice in L’Orfeo with Pacific MusicWorks, and her ninth season singing for the Mariners.

Last updated: March 2017

Tess Altiveros

Clorinda

Seattle Opera Debut

Thomas Segen

Tancredi

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Tancredi, The Combat

The Combat marks Thomas Segen’s Seattle Opera debut. Segen has recently performed with the American Bach Soloists and Pacific MusicWorks, and he performed several roles in Seattle Opera’s youth opera Our Earth. In the past year, he performed Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Don José in The Tragedy of Carmen at Opera UCLA. He also won first prize in the Walter Jurmann Voice Competition. Upcoming performances include Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and his return to Opera UCLA in the role of Henry Crawford for Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park. He graduated this fall with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from UCLA.

Last updated: March 2017

Thomas Segen

Tancredi

Seattle Opera Debut

Linda Tsatsanis

Soprano 1

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Soprano 1, The Combat

Linda Tsatsanis makes her Seattle Opera debut with this production. Her concert performances range from oratorio to renaissance song to contemporary music. She has soloed with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Early Music Guild, among others. Recent roles include the title roles in Semele and Agrippina with Portland Baroque Opera and Una Ingrata in Il ballo delle ingrate with Pacific MusicWorks. Last year she performed William Bolcom’s song cycle Let Evening Come at Carnegie Hall. She has two albums: And I Remain: Three Love Stories and Beethoven alla Britannia. She is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington. 

Last updated: March 2017

Linda Tsatsanis

Soprano 1

Seattle Opera Debut

Danielle Sampson

Soprano 2

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Soprano 2, The Combat

Danielle Sampson makes her Seattle Opera debut with this production. A regular performer of baroque, classical, and contemporary music, Sampson recently performed Ruggiero in Alcina with Black Box Baroque in San Francisco, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with Early Music Vancouver, and Melanto in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria with the Boston Early Music Festival. She has also recently performed with Pacific MusicWorks, Amaranth String Quartet, and Nash Baroque Ensemble. She is a founding member of the guitar/voice duo Jarring Sounds (with Adam Cockerham); the duo performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and has recorded a self-titled album.

Last updated: March 2017

Danielle Sampson

Soprano 2

Seattle Opera Debut

Dan Wallace Miller

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Combat

Dan Wallace Miller is the Founder and Artistic Director of Vespertine Opera Theater, a Seattle-based company that presents rarely performed operas in unique spaces. Recent productions with the company include the U.S. premiere of Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Francis Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias at Seattle’s oldest Vaudeville theater, Columbia City Theater; The Rape of Lucretia at St. Mark’s Cathedral; and a workshop of the company’s first commissioned work, Heart Mountain. This season, Miller is also Assistant Director on productions of Silent Night with Atlanta Opera and La traviata, Katya Kabanova, and The Magic Flute with Seattle Opera.

Last updated: February 2017

Dan Wallace Miller

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Stephen Stubbs

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Combat

The Combat marks Stephen Stubbs’ Seattle Opera conducting debut. He has also played guitar, theorbo, and lute with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for Seattle Opera productions of Orphée et Eurydice and Julius Caesar. In 2015, he won a GRAMMY Award in the Best Opera Recording category for conducting Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble’s La descente d'Orphée aux Enfers by Charpentier. Recent engagements include conducting Julius Caesar and Orfeo in Bilbao, The Magic Flute and Così fan tutte at Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Agrippina and Semele for Opera Omaha. He is the Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival, founder and Artistic Director of Pacific MusicWorks, and Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington.

Last updated: February 2017

Stephen Stubbs

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Christopher Mumaw

Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Combat

Christopher Mumaw makes his Seattle Opera debut with this production. He has designed for Vespertine Opera Theater, Pacific MusicWorks, ArtsWest, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue Theater, Village Theatre, and Portland Center Stage, among others. His set designs for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay with Book-It were nominated for a Gregory Award. Recent credits include set designs for all three Village Originals Beta Series productions with Village Theatre, Treasure Island with Book-It, On Clover Road with Seattle Public Theatre, and Mothers and Sons with ArtsWest. Mumaw received his MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Washington.

Last updated: March 2017

Christopher Mumaw

Set Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Candace Frank

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Combat

Candace Frank previously designed Don Giovanni for Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program.  She has been designing and teaching for 14 years and is currently Costume Lead at Seattle University. She recently held the positions of Costume Shop Manager at Intiman Theatre and Costume Manager at ACT Theatre, and Seattle Met magazine named her a Seattle Artist to Watch. She has designed costumes for many local theaters, including Stick Fly with Intiman Theatre; Penelope and The Magic Flute with Vespertine Opera; Jesus Moonwalked the Mississippi and The Wild Party with Sound Theatre Company; and many costumes with Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders.

Last updated: March 2017

Candace Frank

Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Marnie Cumings

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Combat

Marnie Cumings makes her Seattle Opera debut with this production. Cumings has been the lighting designer for Les mamelles de Tirésias, Pénélope, and Heart Mountain with Vespertine Opera Theater and The Magic Flute with Pacific Music Works. Other recent credits include Revolt with Washington Ensemble Theatreand The Brothers K with Book-It Theatre. 

Last updated: March 2017

Marnie Cumings

Lighting Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Cast

Orchestra

Violin I
Corentin Pokorney

Violin II
Brandon Vance

Viola
Vijay Chalasani

Cello
Nathan Whittaker

Harpsichord/Organ
Henry Lebedinsky

Harp
Maxine Eilander

Orchestra

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The Wallace Foundation
True-Brown Foundation