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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 seattle.opera@seattleopera.org.

Please note: No babes in arms in the theater.

2020/21


Canceled: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

August 8–22, 2020
Performance time: Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Movie-style rating: PG-13 for:

  • Violence, including murder and suicide
  • Adultery and sexually explicit staging. There is no nudity.

The quick pace, dramatic action, and intense, catchy music of this double bill are appealing to many audience members, but both operas’ stories center on sexual infidelity, jealousy, and crimes of passion. This production may be triggering for people who have experienced controlling or abusive relationships.

There is an offstage duel to the death as well as several characters stabbed and killed on stage including a woman, her lover, and her husband. A pregnant woman commits suicide by stabbing herself in the groin on stage.

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The Elixir of Love

October 17–31, 2020
Performance Time: Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes including one intermission

Movie-style rating: PG for:

  • Alcohol consumption and drunkenness for comic effect

The Elixir of Love is a great opera for children. It’s tuneful, funny, comparatively short, and ends happily ever after. Teens and adults may enjoy the story, music, and tongue-in-cheek humor at a deeper level.

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Don Giovanni

January 16–30, 2021
Performance Time: Approximately 3 hours and 25 minutes including one intermission

Movie-style rating: PG-13 for:

  • Violence and the on-stage killing of one character
  • Sensuality and sexual violence

Don Giovanni is a beloved and entertaining opera about understanding and surviving abusive relationships, whether physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological. This exciting production by a female director and conductor, created now, when the #MeToo movement is empowering victims to speak out against their attackers, promises a bold new take on this timeless story.

The title character is an unapologetic predator who brags about his conquests and commits murder before ultimately being dragged to hell. Some of his encounters are consensual; in other cases the audience does not see the entire event and consent is unclear or decidedly absent, including an offstage attempted rape during which the audience can hear a woman’s cries for help. This production may be triggering for people who have experienced rape or sexual assault.

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Flight

February 27–March 13, 2021
Performance time: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including one intermission

Movie-style rating: PG-13 for:

  • Mature themes and content
  • Mild coarse language
  • Sexually suggestive staging

Younger audiences may enjoy Flight for its humor, lively music, and contemporary sensibility. Small children may have trouble tracking the many interweaving stories. Parents should be prepared for serious discussions about immigration, refugees, and those seeking asylum.

Various couples, both same-gender and different-gender, simulate sex onstage. Although visually concealed by costumes, props, scenery, and/or lighting, their love-making is part of the music and story. A character also gives birth onstage.

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Tosca

May 8–23, 2021
Performance Time: Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes including two intermissions

Movie-style rating: PG-13 for:

  • Violence, including murder and suicide
  • Sensuality and sexual violence, including an attempted rape

The catchy music, thrilling story, and eye-catching sets and costumes of Tosca appeal to children and adults alike. This opera was famously called a “shocker” when it debuted in 1900 and though it may be considered tame by today’s standards, it does include offstage torture and several onstage killings. Themes include obsession, abuse of power, sexual assault, capital punishment, and retributive vengeance.

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