Next At McCaw Hall
June 25-27, 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.
October 16‒30, 2021: La bohème
An audience favorite for over a century, this tale of four young Parisians who dedicate their lives to art and love is guaranteed to touch your heart.
January 12‒30, 2022: Orpheus and Eurydice
How far would you be willing to go for true love? Firm in his faith that music is stronger than death, the devoted Orpheus descends into the underworld to rescue his wife Eurydice.
February 26‒March 12, 2022: Blue
From the award-winning team of librettist Tazewell Thompson and composer Jeanine Tesori comes Blue, a portrait of contemporary African American life: of love and loss, church, sisterhood, and most importantly, family.
Friday, April 29, 2022: Lawrence Brownlee in Concert
With John Keene, piano. After captivating audiences and critics all over the world, Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world's leading opera figures, returns to Seattle Opera, where he got his start as a Young Artist.
May 7‒21, 2022: The Marriage of Figaro
Be whisked away by The Marriage of Figaro’s madcap fun! Master and servant go head-to-head, while their crafty wives outsmart the men in one chaotic, hilarious day that ends in happiness and love.
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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