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Tag: Seattle Opera


Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Youth Symphony, Northwest Repertory Singers, Seattle Opera Wagner sing-along and Fort Nisqually arts

Tacoma Youth Symphony celebrates 50 years

Tacoma’s Youth Symphony Association – one of the country’s biggest – turns 50 this year. Celebrate with them at the final concerts this weekend. Fresh from a Boston tour, the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra plays Mendelssohn, Delius and Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, while the Tacoma Youth Symphony will join with PLU’s Choral Union for Beethoven’s massive 9th Symphony. TYAO: 7 p.m. May 18. $16/$7. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. TYS: 3 p.m. May 19. $17/$7. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-2792, tysamusic.org

“Love, Lust and Laughter” from Northwest Repertory Singers

For their season finale the Northwest Repertory Singers launch into songs of love (Brahms, Morten Lauridsen), lust (selections from “Carmina Burana” – the naughty ones) and laughter (P.D.Q. Bach) this Sunday. 3 p.m. May 19 (pre-concert talk 2 p.m.). $18 general/$15 students, seniors and military/free for under-17. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma. 253-265-3042, nwrs.org, brownpapertickets.com

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You too can perform onstage with Seattle Opera – supernumerary auditions for “Fidelio” happen this Saturday

Ever wanted to be in an opera, but don’t have the vocal chops? Here’s your chance. Seattle Opera is auditioning for supernumerary roles this weekend for its October production of Beethoven’s one and only opera, “Fidelio.”

What’s a supernumerary? Simply a non-speaking, non-singing actor in an opera – in other words, an extra. The job’s unpaid, and you do need to commit to all the rehearsals and performances. (Rehearsals are 7-10 p.m. Sept. 27, 29, Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11; performances are Oct. 13, 14 (matinee) 17, 20, 24, and 27.)

But you

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Seattle Opera offers first free opera simulcast at Key Arena this weekend with “Madame Butterfly,” starring Patricia Racette

Patricia Racette as Madama Butterfly in a 2009 production by the Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Marty Sohl

Seattle Opera joins the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera and other major companies in offering a free screen opera simulcast for the first time this weekend. Saturday night will see an expected combined audience of over 10,000 at Key Arena to watch a free live HD simulcast of Puccini’s masterpiece “Madame Butterfly,” broadcast from McCaw Hall and starring soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San, her signature role, in her debut with the company. Italian tenor Stefano Secco plays Pinkerton, the U.S. Naval officer officer who loves then abandons the Japanese geisha.

The event is part of The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 1962 World’s Fair opera performance that led to the formation of Seattle Opera. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: “Porgy” at Seattle Opera, Colby at Flow gallery, Tacoma’s Ethnic Fest and Johnson at Viceroy

“Porgy and Bess” in Seattle

This weekend sees the opening of Seattle Opera’s production of “Porgy and Bess,” the seminal American opera by jazz master George Gershwin that includes favorites like “Summertime” and “It ain’t necessarily so.” Starring Gordon Hawkins as Porgy and Lisa Daltirus as Bess. 6:30 p.m. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 6, 10, 12 and 20; 2 p.m. Aug. 14.

From $25. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, Seattle. 800.426.1619, www.seattleopera.org

Colby prints at Flow

Respected printmaker Bill Colby shows new work at Flow: the “Helix” series of intricately blended woodcut patterns in bright watercolors.

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Seattle Opera’s director Speight Jenkins awarded highest NEA honor

Speight Jenkins, director of Seattle Opera, is one of four recipients of the national 2011 Opera Honors awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The honors are the highest national award in opera, and come with a $25,000 monetary award. The other honorees are stage designer John Conklin, mezzo soprano Risë Stevens and composer Robert Ward. All four will be presented with the honors in a ceremony on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.

“These artists represent the highest level of artistic mastery and we are proud to recognize their achievements,” said NEA chairman Rocco Landesman.

The NEA Opera Honors

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Critic’s Picks: “Magic Flute” in Seattle, Tacoma Concert Band’s “Fiesta,” Family Day at Museum of Glass and Chihuly at Traver

“The Magic Flute” and free Flute-apalooza with Seattle Opera

In celebration of its production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” which opens Saturday, Seattle Opera is hosting a free community Open House this Saturday, including live flute choir performances and opera arias in costume, a treasure hunt, games and a kazoo orchestra. 10 a.m., noon for guided tours (reserve online), 11:15 a.m.-noon for performances, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. other activities. Free. “The Magic Flute” runs May 7-21, tickets from $25. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-389-7676, www.seattleopera.org

Tacoma Concert Band’s “Fiesta”

The Tacoma Concert Band will end its current

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Glorious singing and plenty of laughs in Seattle Opera’s “The Barber of Seville”

It’s hard to go wrong with Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” – great plot, funny characters, effervescent music – but it’s also sometimes hard to rise above everyone else. Seattle Opera has well and truly done this with their current “Barber,” which opened Saturday night to endless standing ovations from a capacity crowd at McCaw Hall. Their secret? A superstar tenor, a delightful soprano, an outstanding newcomer as Figaro and the kind of visual and musical jokes Rossini would have been proud of.

The crazy story of an aristocrat (Count Almaviva) who falls for a girl (Rosina) and enlists

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Critic’s picks: Vagabond Opera, Seattle Opera, MOVE and ArtWalk

Vagabond Opera in Olympia

Vagabond Opera defies description: neo-klezmer cabaret, tango, Balkan belly-dance, gypsy jazz, opera – you name it, this six-piece Portland group does it, using four opera singers, two cellos, sax, clarinet, accordion, bass and drums. Last seen in Tacoma for the 2008 Revels, the band is back tonight at Olympia’s Minnaert Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. tonight. $14.75-$29.50. 211 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia. 360-753-8585, www.washingtoncenter.org

Seattle Opera goes to Seville

Figaro is back – that arrogant, delightful barber who helps his friends play tricks. Seattle Opera opens “The Barber of Seville” tomorrow, featuring Lawrence

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