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Per the latest public health recommendations from Governor Inslee and King County Public Health, all Seattle Opera public events through March 31, 2020 are canceled. At this time events in April and May will continue as scheduled, including our production of La bohème. Learn more >

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Yardbird

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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Cinderella

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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Rigoletto

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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Carmen

Georges Bizet

May 4–19, 2019

In a "gorgeous production" (Seattle Magazine) Bizet's thrilling story of deadly obsession seduces with an amazing array of instantly recognizable melodies and masterful arias beloved across the globe.

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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).

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The Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten

Oct. 13-27, 2018

The Turn of the Screw begins "It is a curious story. I have written in faded ink," plunging audiences into the ghostly world of an isolated English manor where supernatural encounters are brought to life with the hauntingly beautiful music of Benjamin Britten..