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Flight

Streaming April 23–25.

Subscriber Early Access Days begin April 3.

 

Sponsored by

The Boeing Company

Overview

Flight is that rarest thing, a popular new comic opera… Dove’s music flies, the opera is fun, and people are going to love it.”

The Evening Standard


Music by Jonathan Dove; Libretto by April De Angelis

Streaming April 23–25 for $35. 
Subscriber Early Access Days begin April 3.

A slice of life story set in the everyday world of an airport terminal. An omniscient air traffic controller watches over a departure lounge bustling with cynical flight attendants, an excitable couple on vacation, a mysterious older woman, and a diplomat and his expectant wife, all of whom must spend the night to wait out a storm. A stateless refugee, stranded indefinitely in the terminal, listens to the passengers’ often entertaining stories while haplessly dodging an immigration officer.

Inspired by a true story—Mehran Karimi Nasseri’s 18-year forced residency at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport—the opera’s vignettes and meditations on love and identity are presented with winning humor, but without easy resolutions. In the end we discover how empathy for the anguished around us is a key element of human resilience, allowing us to surmount obstacles and fly another day.

Flight will be filmed at The Museum of Flight, among the 39 historic air and space craft on display in the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The 3 million cubic foot, six story, glass and steel exhibit hall will offer a tremendous backdrop to this designed-for-filming production.

Performance Information

Performance Information

In English with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 2 hours and 9 minutes including one intermission.

Filmed at The Museum of Flight.

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Movie-style Rating: PG-13

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Our online stream of Flight is on sale now to the public for $35 per stream. Once you have purchased your stream you will be able to access this opera April 23–25 through your Seattle Opera account.  

Proceeds from individual streaming operas benefit artists, musicians, and crew via union funds, including the AGMA Artists Relief Fund. We are grateful to all of our union partners for their creativity and enthusiasm to put these operas on stage.

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Cast

Randall Scotting

Refugee

Countertenor
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21:
 
Refugee, Flight

Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
Seattle Opera Debut: Athamas, Semele ('15)
Recent: Apollo, Death in Venice (Royal Opera House); Hamor, Jephtha (Boston Baroque); Kassandra/Athena, The Oresteia (Christchurch Arts Festival)
Upcoming: San Giovanni, San Giovanni Battista (Opera Omaha); Soloist, Carmina Burana (Springfield Symphony); Eliogabalo, Eliogabalo (West Edge Opera)

Last updated: January 2020

Randall Scotting

Refugee

Sharleen Joynt

Controller

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Controller, Flight
Soprano

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:  Controller, Flight  (Pacific Opera Victoria); Cunegonde, Candide (Ravinia Music Festival); Musetta, La boheme (Vancouver Opera)
Upcoming: Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (Calgary Opera)

Last Updated: January 2021

Sharleen Joynt

Controller

Seattle Opera Debut

Joshua Kohl

Bill

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Bill, Flight

Tenor
Hometown:
Fargo, ND
Seattle Opera Debut:
Brighella, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Kudrjas, Katya Kabanova ('17)
Recently: Rodolfo, La bohème (Theater Freiburg); Fenton, Falstaff (Theater Freiburg); Prologue/Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw (Theater Freiburg)
Upcoming: Soloist, Das Lied von der Erde (Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg); Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly (Theater Freiburg); Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg)

Last updated: January 2020

Joshua Kohl

Bill

Karen Vuong

Tina

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Tina, Flight

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Trang/Nurse, Amelia (’10)
Recently: Criside, Satyricon (Oper Frankfurt); Micaëla, Carmen (Oper Frankfurt); Almirena, Rinaldo (Oper Frankfurt)
Upcoming: Rusalka, Rusalka (Tiroler Festspiele); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Oper Frankfurt)

Last Updated: December 2019

Karen Vuong

Tina

Margaret Gawrysiak

Older Woman

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Older Woman, Flight

Hometown: Geneseo, IL
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2007/08; 2008/09
Seattle Opera Debut: Vera Boronel, The Consul (’14)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Berta, The Barber of Seville (’17); Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16)
Recently: Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Colorado); Old Lady, Candide (Tanglewood/Ravinia Festival); Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin (Atlanta Opera)
Upcoming: Berta, The Barber of Seville (Dallas Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Margaret Gawrysiak

Older Woman

Sarah Larsen

Stewardess

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Lola, Cavalleria rusticana; Stewardess, Flight

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2011/12, 2012/13
Seattle Opera Debut: Mercédès, Carmen (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Lola, Cavalleria rusticana Highlights Recital ('20); The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); The Secretary, The Consul (’14); Maddalena, Rigoletto (’14)
Recently: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Mill City Summer Orchestra); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Virginia Opera); Jan, Everest (Calgary Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City)
Upcoming: Flora, La traviata (Metropolitan Opera)

Last updated: January 2021

Sarah Larsen

Stewardess

Joseph Lattanzi

Steward

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Steward, Flight

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2011/12 
Seattle Opera Debut: Moralès, Carmen (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Kuligin, Katya Kabanova ('17); Assan, The Consul (’14); Registrar, Madama Butterfly (’12)  
Recently: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Cincinnati Opera); Hawkins Fuller, Fellow Travelers (Arizona Opera); Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni (Jacksonville Symphony)
Upcoming: Dandini, Cinderella (Virginia Opera); Hawkins Fuller, Fellow Travelers (Des Moines Metro Opera); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet (Michigan Opera Theatre)  

Last Updated: January 2020

Joseph Lattanzi

Steward

Aubrey Allicock

Minskman

At Seattle Opera 2020/21: Minksman, Flight

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Seattle Opera Debut: Cesare Angelotti, Tosca (15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro ('16)
Recently: Young Emile, Champion (Opera de Montréal); Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Argante, Rinaldo (Glyndebourne)
Upcoming: Young Emile, Champion (Michigan Opera Theater); Dick Halloran, The Shining (Lyric Opera Kansas City); Dick Halloran, The Shining (Minnesota Opera)

Last Updated: January 2020

Aubrey Allicock

Minskman

Renée Rapier

Minskwoman

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Minskwoman, Flight

Hometown: Boston, MA
Seattle Opera Debut: Anna, Mary Stuart (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Suzuki, Madame Butterfly ('17)
Recently: Jezibaba, Rusalka (Steamboat Opera); Suzuki, Madame Butterfly (Opera San Jose); Soloist, Europeras 1 & 2 (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Upcoming: Minkswoman, Flight (Minnesota Opera); Suzuki, Madame Butterfly (Tulsa Opera); Komponist, Ariadne auf Naxos (Calgary Opera)

Last updated: January 2020

Renée Rapier

Minskwoman

Damien Geter

Immigration Officer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Immigration Officer, Flight

Hometown: Chesterfield County, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (’18)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Colonel, The Falling & The Rising ('19)
Recently: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera) Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Bremerton Symphony Orchestra); Soloist, Bach Cantata No. 31 Der Himmel Lacht! Der Erde Jubilieret! (Orchestra Seattle) 
Upcoming: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera) Angelotti, Tosca (Eugene Opera) Reverend, Sanctuaries (Third Angle New Music)

Last updated: December 2019

Damien Geter

Immigration Officer