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Welcome Back Concert:
Die Walküre

August 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion Lawn
SOLD OUT

Overview

Music and Libretto by Richard Wagner

Lawn tickets: Sold out
Up to two children 6 & under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket*.

In celebration of our community and our return to in-person performances we invite you to join us for a spectacular outdoor event: our Welcome Back Concert of Die Walküre. The music of Richard Wagner's iconic opera will fill the Seattle Center campus from the Fisher Pavilion Lawn to the International Fountain and includes jumbo screens for all to enjoy. This abridged version of Die Walküre will feature more than two hours of Wagner’s incredible music kicking off with the ever-popular and blood-stirring “The Ride of the Valkyries.”

In this concert version of the opera, audiences will be treated to an internationally-renowned cast of Wagnerian stars. Two-time Grammy Award winner Eric Owens, "an American marvel," (Chicago Sun-Times) makes his Seattle Opera debut along with the "dramatically fearless" (The New York Times) tenor Brandon Jovanovich. Plus we are excited to welcome back Washington native and Richard Tucker Award winner Angela Meade, our spectacular Tosca soprano Alexandra LoBianco, and lauded bass Raymond Aceto. Wagner's larger-than-life masterpiece is brought to life by members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and conducted by former Music Director Ludovic Morlot. 

This event will go on rain or shine. 

Concert Partner

Seattle Center 2021

Production Sponsor

Tom McQuaid
Joan S. Watjen—in memory of Craig Watjen

*For every two children under 6 there must be one adult ticket purchased. Once the concert starts we kindly ask children stay seated with their group for the entirety of the concert. 

Service animals always welcome at Seattle Opera. Pets are not allowed.

Seating


Seating is festival-style and “first come, first served” on the Fisher Pavilion lawn. Blankets and/or low beach chairs with a total height of 26” are permitted anywhere in the seating area. High-backed chairs (seat higher than 12” from the ground or the top of the back is taller than 32" from the ground—excluding wheelchairs) will be required to move to the back of the lawn area in order for everyone to be able to see. Inflatable chairs are not allowed. There is a limited amount of armless high back chair seating available for those with accessibility needs. Call for details.

Performance Information

Concert Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes with one intermission
This is an in-person event and will not be live streamed.
Sung in German

Masks will be required at entry in order to protect the youngest members of our community as well as those who are unable to be vaccinated. Once seated, audience members will be able to remove masks unless unvaccinated in which case masks are required throughout the event. Read more about safety protocols for this performance. 

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Artist Reviews

[Meade’s] plush voice had enormous yet utterly unforced power.”

– The New York Times

Owens, an American marvel, has been hitting on all cylinders lately with triumphs around the world…”

– Chicago Sun Times

[Jovanovich] is dramatically fearless.”

– The New York Times

[LoBianco’s] a magnetic, passionate performer.”

– The Capitol Times

[Aceto's] performances continue to gather both popular and critical acclaim.”

– SCHMOPERA

Cast

Angela Meade

Sieglinde

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22:
Sieglinde, Welcome Back Concert: Die Walküre

Hometown: Centralia, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Leonora, Il trovatore ('19)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Angela Meade & Jamie Barton in Concert ('20)
Recently: Aida, Aida (Gran Teatro del Liceu, Arena di Verona); Elisabetta, Robert Devereux (Los Angeles Opera) 
Upcoming: Norma, Norma (Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Teatro Regio di Parma); Anna Bolena, Anna Bolena (Teatro Carlo Felice)

Last updated: June 2021

Angela Meade

Sieglinde

Brandon Jovanovich

Siegmund

Tenor
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Siegmund, Welcome Back Concert: Die Walküre

Hometown: Billigs, MT
Seattle Opera Debut:
Cavaradossi, Tosca (’08)
Seattle Opera Young Artists Program (’98)
Recently: Samson, Samson et Dalila (Staatsoper Unter den Linden); Hermann, The Queen of Spades (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Siegmund, Die Walküre (Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Upcoming: Parsifal, Parsifal (Wiener Staatsoper); Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos (Metropolitan Opera); Lohengrin, Lohengrin (Royal Opera House Covent Garden)

Last Updated: June 2021

Brandon Jovanovich

Siegmund

Raymond Aceto

Hunding

Bass
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Hunding, Welcome Back Concert: Die Walküre

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Seattle Opera Debut:
Badger/Father Aloes, The Priest, The Cunning Little Vixen (’94)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’00)
Recently: Fafner, Siegfried (San Francisco Opera); Hunding, Die Walküre (Washington National Opera); Lo zio Bonzo, Madame Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera); Surin, Pique Dame (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Soloist, STARias: Opera’s Most Powerful Moments (Wolf Trap Opera); Catán, Florencia in the Amazon (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last Updated: June 2021

Raymond Aceto

Hunding

Alexandra LoBianco

Brünnhilde

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Brünnhilde, Welcome Back Concert: Die Walküre

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Seattle Opera Debut: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (’14)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Floria Tosca, Tosca (’21); Santuzza, Cavalleria rusticana (’20); Aida, Aida ('18)
Recently: Chrysothemis, Elektra (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Prima Donna/Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos (Austin Opera); Helmwige, Die Walküre (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: Tosca, Tosca (Portland Opera); Overseer/Confidante, Elektra (Metropolitan Ope