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Seattle Opera.

Opera Talks

Deepen Your Knowledge

Although we’ve had to cancel our in-person events, we are recording talks and making past presentations available to share with audiences. From composer spotlights to a two-part conversation with General Director Christina Scheppelmann to chats about opera genres, dramaturg Jonathan Dean and special guest speakers are covering a variety of topics.

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Newest Talk: Shakespeare Operas

In this Opera Talk, join Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean as he traces the operas that we have presented in Seattle that were inspired by William Shakespeare, from Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff to Berlioz’s Beatrice & Benedict and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With such captivating characters, situations, and language, Shakespeare’s dramas stirred the imaginations of generations of opera composers and inspired many of their most enduring works. To paraphrase Shakespeare’s own words, he was not only himself one of the most vital artists in the Western tradition; he was—and continues to be—the cause of great art in others.



Full Playlist

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  • Shakespeare Operas
  • Lorenzo Da Ponte
  • Composer Spotlight on Verdi
  • American Operas
  • Composer Spotlight on Mozart
  • Opera Indulges in the Seven Deadly Sins
  • Motifs, from Mozart to the Movies
  • Composer Spotlight on Mascagni
  • The History of Seattle's Opera House
  • Composer Spotlight on Puccini
  • Getting to Know our General Director (parts 1 & 2)
  • A Bird’s-Eye View: Telling the Story of Charlie Parker through Opera

Last updated June 12, 2020.