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Saluting Speight Through Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The curtain is falling on Speight Jenkins' 30-year tenure as General Director of the Seattle Opera, and he isn't just one of the giants of the opera world.

Seattle Opera's The Consul

Ivan Katz | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Ivan Katz

The Consul is a relentlessly dark opera, filled with gloom and ambiguity. It is a slander in three acts on bureaucrats everywhere. I was frankly surprised that the opening night performance was not picketed by Functionaires sans Frontiers (Bureaucrats Without Borders).

Götterdämmerung in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

None of the Ring operas are easy to conduct, and Götterdämmerung is perhaps most difficult of all. The music is vast, sprawling, and all too often it is in the service of some of Wagner's weakest dramaturgy.

Siegfried in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

Certain sensations are deemed irrational. One of them is wanting to hear a performance of Siegfried all over again. Irrational to be sure, but in the case of its recent performance, at the Seattle Opera, very real.

Opera Company Takes A $1 Million Hit

AP | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home

SEATTLE -- Seattle Opera says an anticipated $1 million budget shortfall this season is forcing it to cut future performances, leadership salaries and...

World Premiere of Daron Hagen's Opera Amelia

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ivan Katz

On May 8, 2010, the world premiere of Daron Aric Hagen's opera Amelia, to a libretto by Gardner McFall, took place at the Seattle Opera.

Woodstock for Wagnerians

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ivan Katz

In Seattle, as in Bayreuth, Germany, you get your Wagner in a highly concentrated dose. Woodstock for Wagnerians... without the mud.