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Seattle Opera.

Content Advisories

Read our content advisories below to help decide whether an opera is right for you and your family. If you have specific questions or concerns, please email

Please note: No babes in arms in the theater.


October 19–November 1, 2019
Performance Time: Approximately 2 hours, 55 minutes including 1 intermission

Movie-style rating: G

Children tend to find Cinderella’s music and humor appealing, and they may enjoy noticing the differences between this opera and other Cinderella stories they may know. Many parents appreciate this opera for its moral lessons: the ‘good’ characters are rewarded for their kindness, intelligence, and strength, while the ‘bad’ characters are punished (mostly by laughter) for superficiality, greed, and self-importance. The three-hour running time may be a challenge for very young children.

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The Falling and the Rising

November 15–24, 2019
Performance Time: Approximately 70 minutes with no intermission

Movie-style rating: PG or PG-13 for:

  • Storyline centered on the experience of being a soldier, both while deployed and upon return home.
  • A simulated explosion conveyed through light and sound. There is no on-stage violence.
  • Scenes in a hospital. The main character suffers a traumatic brain injury due to an IED explosion in the first scene, and the opera depicts her imagined inner thoughts while in a medically induced coma and on her journey to recovery.
  • Mild coarse language in several scenes.

Although The Falling and the Rising is a story of military service and sacrifice, the overall tone is hopeful and resilient. There are no explicit depictions of combat, violence, or graphic injuries. The complex themes of sacrifice, grief, family, and personal growth may be difficult for elementary schoolers to fully grasp.

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Eugene Onegin

January 11–25, 2020
Performance Time: Approximately 3 hours, 10 minutes including 2 intermissions

Movie-style rating: PG for:

  • Use of guns in the staging of a duel
  • The on-stage killing of one character

Younger audiences may find Eugene Onegin's lush orchestra, glittering costumes, and lively dance scenes more compelling than the nuanced psychology of the characters portrayed by the solo singers. Tweens and teens will get more out its sad story of unfulfilled love than younger children.

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Charlie Parker's Yardbird

February 22–March 7, 2020
Performance Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

Movie-style rating: PG-13 for:

  • Drug use and addiction
  • Depiction of mental health issues
  • Racism as a central theme

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird includes frank portrayals of the real-life jazz saxophonist’s triumphs and demons, including heroin and alcohol addiction, depression, and attempted suicide. Parents should also be prepared for discussions about racism. Children may appreciate the recognizably American context and jazz idiom of the music.

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La bohème

May 2–19, 2020
Performance Time: Approximately 2 hours, 36 minutes including 2 intermissions

Movie-style rating: PG for:

  • Depictions of poverty and illness
  • The on-stage death of a character

The familiar and accessible music and eye-catching sets and costumes of La bohème appeal to children and adults alike. Children typically find the darker second half interesting, but not as relatable as the cheerful first half. Young opera-goers are unlikely to connect to the theme of nostalgia that pervades the work.

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2019/20 Season

Seattle Opera’s remarkable 2019/20 season includes, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Rossini’s Cinderella, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, and Puccini’s La bohème. Plus: One night concert by The Costa-Jackson Sisters.

Explore the 2019/20 Season

Photos © Philip Newton