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A Very Drunken
Christmas Carol

Friday, December 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 12, 4:00 pm
Tagney Jones Hall, Opera Center


charming and impressive…his show is unlike anything I’ve seen.”


The Drunken Tenor is back! A Very Drunken Christmas Carol retells Charles Dickens’ time-honored holiday classic. In true Drunken Tenor comedy opera fashion, however, things get turned upside down. While preparing for a holiday concert, The Drunken Tenor gets hit in the head, knocked out, and wakes up in an alternate reality. He embarks on a journey to understand how he became the person he is and the possible consequences of his choices. Along the way, he is joined by duet partners of the past, present, and future for a mix of opera, holiday favorites, and much more!

Performance Information

Tagney Jones Hall, Opera Center

Performed in English

Performance Time: 90 minutes


All tickets are $45.

COVID Safety

The safety of our artists, staff, and you, our audience members, are our first priority. Safety protocols are reviewed on an ongoing basis and the latest information is always on our safety page.

Proof of vaccination is required at the door for all Opera Center events. Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. In addition, masks will be required at all Seattle Opera performances next season regardless of vaccination status. Read our safety page for specific details on these policies.

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Robert McPherson

The Drunken Tenor

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: The Tenor, Songs of Summer: The Drunken Tenor
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Tenor, Songs of Summer: The Drunken Tenor – Quarantini Edition (2020)

Recently:  Idreno, Semiramide (Metropolitan Opera) Narraboth, Salome (Israeli Opera), Nadir, Les Pêcheurs de Perles (English National Opera) Leopold, La Juive (Opéra national du Rhin) Cavaradossi, Tosca (Tacoma Opera)
Last Updated: May 2021
Robert McPherson

The Drunken Tenor

David McDade


At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love; Frederick Ballentine in Recital

Hometown: Portland, OR
Seattle Opera Debut: Rigoletto ('95)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Pianist, Charlie Parker's Yardbird ('20); Eugene Onegin ('20); Cinderella ('19)

Recently: Pianist, Performance in Place, Songs of Summer with Vanessa Vasquez, The Drunken Tenor: Quarantini Edition (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: September 2020

David McDade


Jennifer Bromagen

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: 
Soprano, Songs of Summer: The Drunken Tenor

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Seattle Opera Debut:  Bridesmaid, The Marriage of Figaro ('09) 
Previously at Seattle Opera:  Alice, Count Ory ('16); First Lay Sister, Suor Angelica ('13); Pedro, Don Quichotte ('11) 
Recently:  Konstanze, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Puget Sound Concert Opera); Mimi, La Bohème (Pacific Northwest Opera); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Vashon Opera)
Upcoming: Violetta, La Traviata (Pacific Northwest Opera)

Last Updated: May 2021

Jennifer Bromagen

Sarah Mattox

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Teacher, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Hometown: Bend, OR
Seattle Opera Debut: Fyodor, Boris Godunov ('00)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Kate Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly (’17); Second Lay Sister, Suor Angelica (’13); Second Maid Servant, Elektra (’08); Alisa, Lucia di Lammermoor (’00) 
Recently:  Mezzo soloist, Mozart Coronation Mass (Sno-King Chorale); Maria, Distant Worlds Final Fantasy Concert (Seattle Symphony); Mezzo soloist, Bern Hebolsheimer Memorial Concert Series
Upcoming: Mezzo soloist, The Armed Man (Seattle Choral Company); Composer, Heart Mountain Suite (Whatcom Chorale); Mezzo soloist, A Night at the Opera (Walla Walla Symphony)

Last updated: January 2019

Sarah Mattox

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