Deepen your knowledge with our free Opera Talk series. Each month, join Seattle Opera dramaturg Jonathan Dean for an entertaining look at this unique art form, with topics ranging from opera’s rich literature and history to behind-the-scenes insights into how we put these grand productions on stage. Upcoming event dates and topics are added regularly, so check back often to learn what's in store.
What Happened to Opera Romance?
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 PM
No love duet in Eugene Onegin!? The standard opera romance between tenor and soprano has become less standard in recent decades, as “modern love” makes its way onto the opera stage. “I cannot offer you eternal love, for we have learned today such words are lies,” sings a tenor in a 1958 American opera. Join Seattle Opera dramaturg Jonathan Dean and coach-accompanist Jay Rozendaal for a lively discussion about the representation of love, romance, and sex in operas then and now.
A Bird's-Eye View: Telling The STory of Charlie Parker through Opera
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM
How did the story of one of jazz’s greatest innovators become an opera? The genre once called “America’s past and its potential” is a vital contributor to the American classical landscape. Join Charlie Parker’s Yardbird composer Daniel Schnyder and librettist Bridgette Wimberly as they discuss their work and the unique task of blending jazz and opera. Co-moderated by Seattle Opera dramaturg Jonathan Dean and KNKX’s Abe Beeson.