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The Elixir of Love

Gaetano Donizetti

Streamed February 12–14, 2021

By popular demand, we are bringing back Donizetti’s bubbly comedy.  The Elixir of Love has everything: a charming love story, a fast-talking con man, colorful costumes, and masterful singing. Filmed at McCaw Hall and cleverly staged, don't miss your chance to experience a wonderful cast perform this bel canto classic.

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Music by Daniel Schnyder
Libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly

Feb. 22–Mar. 7, 2020

"The audience practically raised the roof" (Bachtrack) in the jazz-infused production of Charlie Parker's Yardbird.  While the body of tormented bebop innovator Charlie “Yardbird” Parker lies unidentified in a New York City morgue, his ghost travels back to the 1940s–50s heyday of Birdland, the jazz club named after him. As he struggles to complete his final masterpiece, the legendary saxophonist revisits the demons, inspirations, and women who have fueled and hindered his creative genius.

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Eugene Onegin

Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky

Jan. 11–25, 2020

This elegant Russian romance came to life on the McCaw Hall stage for the first time in a "sumptuous expertly performed Seattle Opera production" (Crosscut) complete with breathtaking music by Tchaikovsky, and a story based on Alexander Pushkin's masterful verse novel.

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The Falling & The Rising

Music by Zachary Redler
Libretto by Jerre Dye

Nov. 15–24, 2019

Originally created from interviews with active-duty soldiers and veterans, this chamber opera traces the inner journey of a comatose soldier after she suffers a roadside attack and serves as an ode to American service members.

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Three Singing Sisters

Various Composers

November 2, 2019

The Costa-Jackson sisters delighted audiences in this one-night-only concert of sibling revelry. The Three Singing Sisters were joined by pianist John Keene for a mixed-genre program featuring opera, musical theater, and Italian art song.

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Gioacchino Rossini

Oct. 19–Nov. 1, 2019

Audiences were treated to a "rollicking good time" (The Seattle Times) in this clever take on a classic tale of forgiveness and love. Director Lindy Hume's Victorian inspired production paired with vocal fireworks from start to finish, made for an evening of levity and laughter at this whimsical Rossini opera.

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Giuseppe Verdi

Aug. 10–28, 2019

Director Lindy Hume's modern adaptation of Verdi's melodrama is "more real and emotionally impactful than any production of Rigoletto I’ve witnessed." (San Francisco Classical Voice).

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Georges Bizet

May 4–19, 2019

Filled with iconic music and lavish sets and costumes, Bizet’s thrilling story of deadly obsession has seduced audiences for over a century.

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Music by Mason Bates
Libretto by Mark Campbell

Feb. 23–Mar. 9, 2019

This Grammy® Award-winning opera goes behind the headlines of the visionary Apple co-founder as Steve Jobs faces his mortality and revisits 18 of his most important memories in search of a perfect moment to take with him.

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Il trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi

Jan. 12-26, 2019

In a production with “two terrific casts” Verdi’s hot-blooded melodrama enthralled audiences as a “work that offers one great aria after another and some of the meatiest roles in all of opera” (The Seattle Times).