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Tag: Seattle Opera Fidelio

Oct.
15th

Christiane Libor is stunning and the storytelling gripping for Seattle Opera’s remount of Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio”


Clifton Forbis (Florestan), Christiane Libor (Leonore), and Seattle Opera Chorus and Supernumeraries Photo © Elise Bakketun

It’s quite an experience to see the one and only opera by that master of sweeping musical thought: Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” It’s even better when the key role is played by a masterful soprano making her U.S. debut: Christiane Libor. Those two experiences outweigh any minor complaints of staging (and Beethoven’s own inability to write well for voice) to make Seattle Opera’s “Fidelio” – which just opened at McCaw Hall and continues through Oct. 27 – a musical treat you shouldn’t miss.

Of course, it’s not Libor alone who carries this opera, though as Leonore – a devoted wife who disguises herself as a male prison employee to rescue her husband Florestan from political imprisonment and death – the German soprano gives the role both strength and truly convincing emotion with a voice that flows like molten gold through Beethoven’s every register change, octave leap and endless phrase.

No, like any good production this “Fidelio” is strong on almost all sides. Read more »

Oct.
12th

Critic’s Picks: “Ramayana” at ACT, Seattle Art Museum’s “Elles,” Seattle Opera’s “Fidelio” and Fireworks at the Rialto

See the “Ramayana” live at ACT

ACT’s multi-discipline adaptation of the Hindu epic “The Ramayana” begins preview this week before opening next week. Featuring actors, dancers, music and puppetry the play tells the age-old South and South East Asian love story of the Hindu gods Rama and Sita. Previews 8 p.m. tonight and Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 16,17; then opens 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 through Nov. 12. From $37.50/$20 under-25/$15 students. Senior discounts. ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle. 206-292-7676, acttheatre.org

SAM hosts an “Elles” community night out

Seattle Art Museum is opening up the touring show “Elles: Women Artists from the Pompidou, Paris” free this Friday with a community night out event that includes local performances by the Chinese Community Drill Team, Pecha Kucha presenters, Skin Deep Dance, Northwest Girl Choir and Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. The Paris show of artists like Cindy Sherman and the Guerilla Girls is complemented by “Elles: SAM” from the museum’s collection. 6-9 p.m. tonight. Free. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle. 206-654-31000, seattleartmuseum.org Read more »