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Opera at Home

Our stage may be dark, but we are working on lots of different ways to bring you the art form you love. From video playlists of past favorites to family-friendly Opera Time sessions, new podcasts, streaming Opera Talks, and more, we will continue to work hard to bring opera to you, wherever you are.

We are humbled by the generosity of our donors during this unique time. Your financial support powers Opera at Home and also sustains us until we can join each other as a community to enjoy opera together. Check back often for the latest content!

Last updated April 24

New This Week

Seattle Opera Mornings on KING FM

NEW! We are pleased to announce that thanks to a our partnership with KING FM, opera music continues to reverberate in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From April 25 through July 25, Classical KING FM 98.1 will broadcast recordings of previous Seattle Opera performances on the radio and at every Saturday morning at 10 AM Pacific Time.

Up next:

  • Saturday, April 25 at 10 AM: Aida, recorded May 12, 2018
  • Saturday, May 2 at 10 AM: La bohème, recorded March 2, 2013

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Thank you to the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization, a chapter of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Musicians, for their collaboration on this project.

Sunday Songs with Sarah Larsen and Jay Rozendaal

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen (last seen as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel) and pianist Jay Rozendaal were scheduled to give an in-person recital that had to be canceled, but they’ve recorded the program in three parts for your at-home enjoyment: Sunday Songs with Sarah and Jay.

Part 2 (April 26): Ragtime Songs of the Suffragettes These songs encompass many aspects of the women’s suffrage movement including those who were for women’s right to vote and those who were against it. Whether absurd, offensive, or funny, they show us not only how far we have come, but also how far we still have to go.

  • “Everybody Works but Ma” by Grace Keller
  • “She’s Good Enough to be Your Baby’s Mother” by Herman Paley
  • “Weak Little Woman” by Gustav Luders
  • “That Ragtime Suffragette” by Nat D. Ayer


Part 1 (April 17): Fables de la Fontaine This series of fables written by Jean de la Fontaine runs the gamut from light-hearted and fun, to slightly darker and more sinister, but always with a moral at the end. Translations are provided as subtitles in the video recording.

  • “Le corbeau et le renard” (“The raven and the fox”) by Charles Lecocq
  • “Le loup et l’agneau” (“The wolf and the lamb”) by Charles Lecocq
  • “La cigale et la fourmi” (“The grasshopper and the ant”) by Charles Trenet

Opera Talk with Jonathan Dean: Puccini

This Monday, April 27 at 7:00 PM , dramaturg Jonathan Dean kicks off a new series of Opera Talks: Composer Spotlight. The first installment explores the life and works of Giacomo Puccini, from Manon Lescaut to La bohème and beyond.

Performing in Place: Copland’s “Conversation at the Soda Fountain”

While sheltering in place, Head of Coach-Accompanists David McDade recorded his performance of American composer Aaron Copland’s “Conversation at the Soda Fountain” from the 1940 film Our Town.

For more videos like this one check out our Performances in Place playlist on YouTube, or below in the “Available Now” section.

Four New Zoom Video Chat Backgrounds: Costume Shop

As we all move to online meetings and virtual get-togethers, surprise and delight your friends and coworkers with images from past Seattle Opera productions as your background for your next Zoom call. Photos © Philip Newton.

Learn about this feature with a quick tutorial on Zoom’s website, then download one of our images by clicking its link and then right-clicking and choosing “Save As.”

New this Week: The costume shop is always a favorite stop on tours of the Opera Center. Sneak a peek with new backgrounds from the work room and the costume storage area, affectionately known as our giant closet!

Previous weeks’ backgrounds: Opera Center

Previous weeks’ backgrounds: Seattle Opera Productions

Opera Time at the Opera Center: Never Play Music Next to the Zoo

This week’s video installment of our early learning program includes interactive sing-alongs and a reading of children’s book Never Play Music Next to the Zoo.

Operawise Podcast: Opèra Comique

In the new Operawise podcast series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean gives listeners a taste of nine different types of historical opera. Episode #6 is about Opéra Comique. A native French form of lower-brow musical theater, this genre features spoken dialogue, and catchy tunes with easy-to-sing refrains. Opéra-comiques are still performed today including Carmen, Beatrice and Benedict, and Opéra-Comique derivatives such as Faust

Our entire podcast library is also available on our site, on iTunes, or by searching “Seattle Opera” on your favorite podcast app.

Available Now

Performing in Place

Enjoy a virtual performances by Seattle Opera artists from Head of Coach-Accompanists, David McDade to members of our Teen Vocal Studio who are sharing how they are staying connected with music and art even when they aren’t singing.  

To see the list and jump to your favorite, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.

Video: Costume Director Susan Davis’s Favorite Costumes

Costume Director Susan Davis answers one of our patrons’ most frequently-asked questions: what are her favorite costumes and operas? From “the epitome of a classic period costume” to a fanciful mashup of medieval, renaissance, and 70s glam rock influences, learn about a few of her stand-out looks in this new video.

Interview: Getting to know Christina Scheppelmann

With performances canceled and everyone at home, now is the perfect time to get to know each other a little bit better. Enjoy an interview with our General Director, Christina Scheppelmann, where she discusses her extensive experience in the opera world.

Part 1: Scheppelmann describes how she got her start in opera. Hear about her early experiences in a children’s opera chorus, the first opera she saw, and her time working at an agency managing singers’ careers all over the world.


Part 2: Scheppelmann shares insights from her international career that has spanned cultures, theaters, and continents.

Music Playlists: “Opera Goes