Next At McCaw Hall
August 5–19, 2017: Madame Butterfly
Puccini’s timeless classic recounts a whirlwind romance between a reckless American naval officer and a trusting geisha. Bound by tradition and honor, she alone must face the tragic aftermath when left abandoned.
October 14–28, 2017: The Barber of Seville
Rossini’s vivacious romp starts with an iconic overture, gains speed with a parade of familiar melodies, and concludes with an “all is forgiven” finale bubbling over with joy. The zany story finds quick-witted Figaro helping Count Almaviva whisk fair Rosina away from her ghastly guardian through a series of schemes fit for a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
January 13–27, 2018: Così fan tutte
Love has many faces in Mozart’s quirky comedy of sexual politics and self-discovery. Two buddies don disguises to test the faithfulness of their fiancées—and soon the game is on! Will the women fall for their new suitors? If they do, who is really to blame?
February 24–March 10, 2018: Beatrice and Benedict
This unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s lively comedy Much Ado About Nothing pairs Berlioz’s exuberant opera score with English text lifted directly from the Bard himself. Overheard confessions, unfortunate reactions, tender reconciliations, and plenty of witty banter glide on a warm breeze of masterful orchestration.
May 5–19, 2018: Aida
This monumental masterpiece showcases Verdi’s power to translate human emotions into magnificent music. A high-stakes love triangle between a captured princess, a conflicted military commander, and the King’s formidable daughter unfolds in a variety of Egyptian locales amid glorious spectacle and rousing choruses.
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall opened on June 28, 2003. Designed by LMN Architects, featuring the work of interior designer Deborah Sussman, artist Leni Schwendinger, and the landscape designers of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.
The sound in the hall is nothing short of amazing.
— Melinda Bargreen,
The Seattle Times, "Opening Knight," August 4, 2003
The new Hall fulfilled nearly ten years of hard work and dedication from the staffs of Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Center.
Between December 2001 and June 2003, more than 775 construction workers from the Skanska construction company turned Seattle Opera’s former home into the new Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
The dramatic transformation was visible from the street, and opera and ballet patrons on their way to the temporary Mercer Arts Arena could watch as the outer shells of the original 1962 and 1927 buildings were stripped away and replaced with a gleaming glass curtain wall. More than 70% of the old building was replaced by the new construction. Behind the façade, exciting changes took place. A new auditorium, lobbies, backstage, orchestra pit, and café were created. Wiring, plumbing, and HVAC systems—some dating back to 1927—were replaced. And a new lecture hall was added, as were additional restrooms, a coat check, and Amusements, a gift shop.
The new hall opened on time on June 28. On June 29, the front-page news was: "McCaw Hall is a Hit."
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