Seattle Opera Programs
TRANSFORMATIVE OPERA PERFORMANCES
Your gift will help bring transformative operas to life at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Each season includes a variety of works, including:
OPERA GOES TO SCHOOL
- Beloved Seattle Opera classics, like La bohème and Wagner’s Ring.
- Rarely performed gems, like The Consul; our recent production of this Pulitzer Prize-winner showcased nine Young Artist Program alumni, returning to perform for the Seattle audiences that nurtured their growth.
- All-new productions, like Semele, that bring world-class talent like Stephanie Blythe to Seattle.
Our Earth, our popular touring trilogy, brings opera into the classroom. Children love following the adventures of Heron and the Salmon Girl upriver from Puget Sound. Local teachers love the powerful intersection with science and arts curriculum.
You can help support an Our Earth
school performance or underwrite a full residency, giving students the opportunity to rehearse with teaching artists and perform for their peers.
By supporting Experience Opera,
students the chance to attend final dress rehearsals. For many it’s their first live performing arts experience.
The results are life-changing. As one high school teacher said after his students saw La bohème
, “This production affected so many of them emotionally, even my big rough and tough manly guys. The live orchestra, sets, costumes, lighting, and vocal performance was more than most could take in.” They couldn’t wait to see another opera.
Support lifelong learning through our Speakers Bureau. These free talks take place in venues across Puget Sound, increasing access for individuals with limited ability to travel and facilitating meaningful exchange for opera lovers and opera newcomers alike.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
You’ve helped fuel an expansion of our in-school and extracurricular programs that connected more than 22,000 local children with opera during the 2012/13 season, a 176% increase over 2011/12! School programs feed children’s creativity and confidence. But demand is still outpacing what we can offer. We have ambitious plans to commission three new operas for Opera Goes to School, expand Experience Opera beyond dress rehearsals, and create a year round Youth Opera Chorus and Teen Opera Studio. Will you help give more children the life-changing experience of opera?
THE BELONGING(S) PROJECT
The Belonging(s) Project began three years ago by collecting stories of your most precious possessions. Now, with the help of donors like you, we’ve commissioned a new opera inspired by our community, set in the Pacific Northwest during World War II. This new opera will undergo a period of intense rehearsal and revision this June 2014 in anticipation of its premiere. Your gift today can help bring this opera about your time, your place, and your community to life!
REVOLUTIONARY NEW ADULT PROGRAMS
Your support will fuel a revolutionary new series of adult programs designed to connect with booklovers or artists who show an affinity for opera. You might have a friend like this: someone who would probably love opera, but hasn’t been introduced yet. Through new behind-the-scenes and interactive programs, you can help more members of our community make that connection and foster a new audience of opera lovers.