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Explore and celebrate opera's unique fusion of music and drama. Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera presents both European classics and new works of American opera.

Explore and celebrate opera's unique fusion of music and drama. Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera presents both European classics and new works of American opera.
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Explore and celebrate opera's unique fusion of music and drama. Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera presents both European classics and new works of American opera.

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English

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VOICEWISE Podcast: Mezzos & Contraltos

3/25/2019
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Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces the mezzo and contralto voices. With their rich, creamy, dark sounds these lower-voiced ladies play opera’s most luscious babes, as well as boys, old women, jealous wives, vengeful goddesses, and loving mothers. Featuring musical examples including Seattle Opera favorites Michelle DeYoung, Helene Schneidermann, Sarah Mattox, Rosemary Alvino, Daniela Sindram, Kate Lindsey, Graciela Araya, Laura Polvarelli, Luretta Bybee, Maria Zifchak, Sarah...

Duration:00:47:21

Youth & Today's Opera

3/18/2019
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While The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs was astonishing Seattleites at McCaw Hall, 72 young people involved with Seattle Opera’s Youth Opera Project performed Odyssey, a new opera for young people, next door. High schoolers Emily Amesquita (Odysseus), Kaitlyn Ochs (the Siren), and Joshua Cummings (Poseidon) discuss both new operas, the one they were in and the one they attended. The passion these bright young people feel for opera suggests an exciting future for this art form.

Duration:00:23:55

MASON BATES discusses THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS

2/25/2019
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Grammy-nominated composer Mason Bates is also a bona fide DJ. As DJ Masonic, he brings classical music and electronica together on the dance floor at clubs like San Francisco's Mezzanine. As a composer, he brings the sounds of electronica to classical music in places like the Kennedy Center (where he's composer-in-residence). And so it's fitting that Bates' first opera is about famed Apple tech guru, Steve Jobs. But even for someone as comfortable in multiple musical worlds as Mason Bates,...

Duration:00:30:57

Costuming STEVE JOBS

2/21/2019
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There's more to it than jeans and a black mock-turtleneck! Seattle Opera's Costume Director, Susan Davis, discusses how Seattle Opera's artists bring to life Paul Carey's costume designs for The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Jonathan Dean. Learn all about quick changes, seam allowance, concealing microphones in wigs, and how 'contemporary' operas can also be 'historical.'

Duration:00:26:04

STEVE JOBS and Living Opera

2/15/2019
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Hear from librettist Mark Campbell, director Kevin Newbury, and star baritone John Moore as Seattle Opera's The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs heads into McCaw Hall for Tech Week. Campbell tells the story of how filling out an online email form led him to a serendipitous meeting with a student of the real Kōbun Chino Otogawa, and Newbury and Moore discuss their work on this exciting opera so far.

Duration:00:33:38

VOICEWISE Podcast: Baritones

2/11/2019
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Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces the baritone voice, a sound which celebrates the beauty and power of masculinity. In opera, baritones play clowns and kings, urban sophisticates and unlettered innocents; good, bad, and every shade of grey. They win our hearts, melt our hearts, and break our hearts. Featuring musical examples with sweet lyric baritones, proud heroic baritones, snarly dramatic baritones, and many other varieties, including Seattle Opera favorites John Moore,...

Duration:00:49:02

Verdi: The Essence of Opera

1/18/2019
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Verdi’s Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and La traviata transformed the art form of opera and have been ultra-popular for over 150 years. Seattle Opera’s Maestro Carlo Montanaro, Assistant Conductor Philip A. Kelsey, General Director Aidan Lang, and Music Librarian Emily Cabaniss discuss with Jonathan Dean Verdi the great composer, great Italian, and great human. Plus, Montanaro shares his perspective from the podium on the magic that makes for a great night of opera.

Duration:00:20:45

VOICEWISE Podcast: Tenors

1/11/2019
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Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces several different types of tenor, from the agile-voiced, graceful and elegant tenori di grazia, to the heroic and powerful tenori di forza, and all points in between. Includes musical examples featuring many favorite Seattle Opera tenors: Antonello Palombi, Edgardo Rocha, Laurence Brownlee, William Burden, Matthew Polenzani, Ben Heppner, James McCracken, Stefan Vinke, Francesco Demuro, Joseph Calleja, Alasdair Elliott, Peter Kazaras, Marcello...

Duration:00:45:25

LA BOHÈME 101

1/2/2019
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“Men die and governments change, but the songs of La bohème will live forever,” wrote Thomas Alva Edison to Giacomo Puccini. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces La bohème, with musical examples from Seattle Opera’s archival recordings of La bohème: from 2007, with Rosario La Spina (Rodolfo) and Nuccia Focile (Mimì), conducted by Vjekoslav Sutej; and from 2013, with Andrew Garland (Schaunard), Arthur Woodley (Colline), Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo), Keith Phares (Marcello), and...

Duration:00:14:57

CHARLIE PARKER’S YARDBIRD 101

1/2/2019
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A new opera that combines jazz and classical? Charlie Parker’s Yardbird is about music, creativity, communication, race and racism, drugs and addiction, and life and death and freedom. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces this new opera with music by Daniel Schnyder and a libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly. Musical examples from an Opera Philadelphia performance, starring Lawrence Brownlee as Charlie Parker, Will Liverman as Dizzy Gillespie, Angela Brown as Addie, Emily Pogorelc...

Duration:00:19:24

EUGENE ONEGIN 101

1/2/2019
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Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera is a breathtaking and unique work about the human heart. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces Eugene Onegin, with musical examples from Seattle Opera’s 2002 archival recording of Eugene Onegin, starring Vladimir Chernov as Onegin, Kurt Streit as Lensky, Helene Schneidermann as Olga, Nuccia Focile in her Seattle Opera debut as Tatyana, and Alexander Anisimov as Prince Gremin. Andreas Mitisek conducted the chorus and orchestra of Seattle Opera....

Duration:00:18:10

LA CENERENTOLA 101

1/2/2019
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Rossini’s La Cenerentola combines the human warmth of the beloved Cinderella story with the wit and sparkle of The Barber of Seville. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces La Cenerentola with musical examples from Seattle Opera’s archival recordings of La Cenerentola: from 1996, with Laura Polvarelli (Cenerentola), Gregory Kunde (Don Ramiro), Robert Orth (Dandini), Jan Opalach (Alidoro), Julian Patrick (Don Magnfico), Louise Marley (Tisbe), and Sally Wolf (Clorinda), conducted by...

Duration:00:19:45

RIGOLETTO 101

1/2/2019
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Verdi’s unflinching tragedy about sexual politics is one of opera’s greatest masterpieces. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces Rigoletto, with musical examples drawn from Seattle Opera’s archival recordings of Rigoletto: from 2004 with Frank Lopardo (Duke of Mantua), Norah Amsellem (Gilda), and Kim Josephson (Rigoletto), conducted by Edoardo Mueller; and from 2014 with Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantua), Jennifer Zetlan (Gilda), Hyung Yun and Marco Vratogna (Rigoletto), Andrea...

Duration:00:17:49

CARMEN 101

1/2/2019
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Why has Carmen been, since 1875, one of the world’s most popular operas? Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces this beloved masterpiece with musical examples from Seattle Opera’s archival recordings of Carmen: from 1995, with Greer Grimsley as Escamillo (conducted by Steven Sloane); from 2004, with Stephanie Blythe (Carmen) and Paul Charles Clarke (Don José), conducted by George Manahan; and from 2011, with Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen), Fernando de la Mora (Don José), and Norah...

Duration:00:15:44

THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS 101

1/2/2019
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Learn more about this fresh, fascinating, and wholly operatic new work, which audiences have been consuming like a new Apple product. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the opera with music by Mason Bates and libretto by Mark Campbell. Musical examples from the new recording of the opera made at Santa Fe Opera, summer 2017, and available from Pentatone records, with Edward Parks (Steve Jobs), Garrett Sorenson (Woz), Jessica E. Jones (Chrisann),...

Duration:00:15:58

IL TROVATORE 101

1/2/2019
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Are you ready for the wildest opera by the person many consider opera’s greatest composer? Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces Il trovatore, with musical examples from Seattle Opera’s archival recordings of Il trovatore: from 1997, with Carol Vaness (Leonora) and Gegam Grigorian (Manrico), and Gordon Hawkins (Count Di Luna), conducted by Antonello Allemandi; and from 2010, with Malgorzata Walewska (Azucena), Antonello Palombi (Manrico), and Gordon Hawkins (Count Di Luna)...

Duration:00:15:13

VOICEWISE Podcast: Sopranos

11/30/2018
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Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean leads a tour through the land of soprano, from dazzling coloratura acrobats to fearsome goddesses whose roar sets the opera house aflame. Includes musical examples featuring many favorite Seattle Opera sopranos: Cyndia Sieden, Joan Sutherland, Sarah Coburn, Sally Wolf, Dana Pundt, Jennifer Zetlan, Nuccia Focile, Angel Blue, Alexandra Deshorties, Renee Fleming, Sheri Greenawald, Carol Vaness, Lisa Daltirus, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Marcy Stonikas, Janice...

Duration:00:38:24

A Child Therapist Goes to THE TURN OF THE SCREW

11/30/2018
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Nitara Dandapani, a clinical social worker and youth mental health therapist with Childhaven, discusses THE TURN OF THE SCREW with Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean. Headquartered in Seattle, Childhaven heals children and families to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect. Dandapani and Dean discuss the attachment issues of Miles and Flora, the history of trauma at Bly, and question many of the choices made in the story of the opera by the Governess. Musical examples from Seattle Opera’s...

Duration:00:30:39

VOICEWISE Podcast: Trebles & Countertenors

11/30/2018
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Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean investigates two voice types infrequently encountered in opera: trebles (boy sopranos and adolescent female sopranos) and countertenors. Features conversation with Seattle Opera coach-accompanist Jay Rozendaal, and musical examples: TURN OF THE SCREW (Rafi Bellamy Plaice and Forrest Wu), LAKMÉ (Harolyn Blackwell), THE MAGIC FLUTE (Johanna Mergener, Emili Rice, and Isabel Woods), HANSEL & GRETEL (Sasha Cooke and Ashley Emerson), SIEGFRIED (Juls Serger and...

Duration:00:30:30

AIDAN LANG's British Take on TURN OF THE SCREW

11/30/2018
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Seattle Opera General Director Aidan Lang checks in, midway through our run of THE TURN OF THE SCREW, with some nuanced reflections on this enigmatic piece from the point of view of someone born and bred in England. With musical examples featuring Maria Zifchak (Mrs. Grose), Elizabeth Caballero (the Governess), Marcy Stonikas (Miss Jessel), and the orchestra of Seattle Opera conducted by Constantin Trinks.

Duration:00:09:54