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If you’re gay, go to the opera

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on July 8, 2008 at 5:58 pm with No Comments »
July 8, 2008 5:58 pm

William Burden will sing Nadir in Seattle Opera’s “The Pearl Fishers” in January 2009. Photo: Boyd Ostroff

Seattle Opera has launched a new program that designates one Friday performance of three upcoming operas as an LGBT Night.

The press release says it’s for "Seattle’s Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender community" but I know they’d welcome wayward Pierce County gays. And straights.

The first LGBT night will be the August 22 performance of "Aida" followed by "The Pearl Fishers" on January 23, 2009 and "The Marriage of Figaro" on May 15, 2009.

The kickoff event on August 22 will be hosted by Seattle Opera Board of Trustees member and noted Man about Town JJ McKay and Washington State Senator Ed Murray. These events are priced at $100 per ticket and include discounted main floor orchestra seating, private intermission receptions including complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres during the first intermission and coffee and dessert during the second intermission, and free admission to "Overtures to the Opera" (regularly priced at $7.00), an informative and fast-paced pre-opera lecture.

Tickets may be purchased in two ways—online by going to seattleopera.org/tickets or via mobile phone by going to mobile.seattleopera.org. Use the Promotion code: LGBT to purchase tickets.

Gay or straight, get up to Seattle Opera or save gas and catch a performance of our own Tacoma Opera.

Here’s a shot of yours truly from my last Seattle Opera gig "Der Rosenkavalier." It doesn’t get any gayer than this.

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