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Seattle Opera.

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 10

New This Week

Performing in Place: Pianist David McDade

Enjoy a virtual performance by Seattle Opera’s Head of Coach-Accompanists, David McDade, as he plays the “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by Claude Debussy (or maybe, "The Kitty with the Flaxen Hair"). For more videos like this one check out our Performances in Place playlist. 

Music Playlists: “Setting the scene” and “Shakespeare opera-ified”

Whether you’re looking for a playlist to help you relax at the end of the day or something to get you ready for your next at home workout, there’s opera music for that! Each week we're compiling playlists of past Seattle Opera selections to match your many moods. This week we have orchestral excerpts from past productions that are prefect for "Setting the Scene," and dive into drama with selections from The Bard's famous plays in "Shakespeare Opera-ified."  

 

three New Zoom Video Chat Backgrounds

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:

Previous weeks' backgrounds:

How to make a costume sketch video

NEW! Costume Show Manager Heidi Zamora shares with us how she creates a costume sketch and how they are used to prepare for a production. Try creating a sketch for yourself at home and be sure to post it on Facebook or Instagram for us to see. (Watch until the end for a fun guest appearance!) 

opera talk: Getting to know Christina Scheppelmann

With performances cancelled 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 from her time in a children's opera chorus and her first opera, to managing singers careers all over the world!

Opera Time at the Opera Center: Dragons Love Tacos 2

This week’s video installment of our early learning program features a sing-along of “Fly Like a Dragon” as well as a reading of children’s book Dragons Love Tacos 2.

Operawise Podcast: music drama

In the new Operawise podcast series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean gives listeners a taste of nine different types of historical opera. Episode #4 is about Music Drama. These powerful and immense works challenge artists, audiences, and the art form itself. Their complex music and unique spins on old stories continue to attract audiences today, and are the subject of more than one music debate..

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.

Behind-the-Scenes Videos Playlist

From quick changes to royal makeovers, journey behind the curtain with this playlist of videos that take patrons backstage for a glimpse of what it takes to make an opera happen.

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

Music Playlists: “opera goes to the movies,” “Drink Up,” and more.

Whether you’re looking for a playlist to help you relax at the end of the day or something to get you ready for your next at home workout, there’s opera music for that! Each week we're compiling playlists of past Seattle Opera selections to match your many moods. 

 

 

Fun & Silly Videos Playlist

Sometimes our cast members like to goof around! Enjoy a playlist of videos that show the lighter side of opera. From the “Trovatore Yodel” with baritone Michael Mayes to a “Figaroff” with John Moore and Will Liverman, these short and novel videos will bring a smile to opera fans’ faces.

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

Opera Talks and More.

Although we’ve had to cancel our in-person  events we are recording talks and making past presentations available to share with audiences. From discussing black representation in the arts to chatting about opera genres, enjoy a playlists of videos covering a variety of topics. 

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

Top 10 Videos Playlist

We’ve combed through our past videos to find your favorites! In this playlist, enjoy the ten most-watched Seattle Opera videos from the last year. To see the list and jump to your favorite, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.

Opera Time at the Opera Center: More Episodes

Prior video installments of our early learning program include readings of children’s books Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse and Dragons Love Tacos.

Operawise Podcast: More Episodes

In the new Operawise podcast series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean gives listeners a taste of nine different types of historical opera. So far he’s covered Opera Seria, Grand Opera, Bel Canto Melodrama and Music Drama.

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

Upcoming Schedule

Saturday mornings: Opera Time at the Opera Center

This musical storytelling program for our youngest opera lovers will be available in video form, delivered to you by one of our teaching artists. New sessions will be posted every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. See above for the first few episodes, available now!

Each Wednesday: A New Podcast

Now is the perfect time to expand your knowledge of opera with our new series Operawise. Each episode explores a different aspect of opera, from voice types to opera genres, providing you with a quick opera lesson from at least six feet away. Our entire podcast library is also available on our site, on iTunes, or by searching “Seattle Opera” on your favorite podcast app.

Opera Talk with Christina Scheppelmann and Jonathan Dean

General Director Christina Scheppelmann joins dramaturg Jonathan Dean to discuss how we choose which operas to produce, which sets and costumes to put on stage, how singers are cast, and more.

Main Photo © Sean Airhart