Next At McCaw Hall
May 2–19, 2020: La bohème
A smash hit for over a century, Puccini’s profoundly romantic opera about four young Parisians who sacrifice everything for art and love is sure to touch your heart.
Aug. 8–22, 2020: Pagliacci & Cavallleria rusticana
Opera’s classic double bill: two tales of adultery, jealousy, and revenge in one thrilling performance, staged in a revolving mask-filled arena.
Oct. 17–31, 2020: The Elixir of Love
Donizetti’s bubbly comedy has everything: a charming love story, a fast-talking con man, colorful new-to-Seattle costumes, and masterful bel canto music.
October 23, 2020: Meade & Barton in Concert
Optional Add-On: After electrifying Seattle debuts in Verdi’s Il trovatore (Meade) and Nabucco (Barton), two powerhouse sopranos return to McCaw Hall for a one-night-only concert.
Jan. 16–30, 2021: Don Giovanni
Mozart’s legendary libertine returns in a new production staged and conducted by women. Period silhouettes and an elegant carousel-inspired set promise pleasure… until karma catches up.
Feb. 27–Mar. 13, 2021: Flight
An “adventurous, highly entertaining audience-pleaser” (Opera News), this ensemble dramedy follows a stateless refugee stranded in an airport as he crosses paths with all sorts of travelers.
May 8–23, 2021: Tosca
A fiery prima donna struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a ruthless police chief in this gorgeous period revival of Puccini’s masterpiece.
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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