(Christina Poulitsi (Queen of the Night) - The Magic Flute. Philip Newton photo)
Amid stay-home order, two companies team up to keep opera vibrant in the Pacific Northwest!
SEATTLE—While McCaw Hall’s stage may be dark, opera music continues to reverberate in the Pacific Northwest and beyond: Starting every Saturday on April 25, enjoy Seattle Opera Mornings on King FM. Classical KING FM 98.1 will broadcast recordings of previous Seattle Opera performances including Tosca, La traviata, The Magic Flute, and Madame Butterfly. Broadcasts will be available on the radio and at king.org every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
Christina Scheppelmann, General Director of Seattle Opera, explained that the broadcasts are made possible through a special agreement with the singers’ and musicians’ unions: the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization.
“Seattle Opera and KING FM are thrilled to be able to bring beautiful music and storytelling to our audiences’ ears,” Scheppelmann said. “Many thanks go to all the artists who make Seattle Opera what it is, and who have allowed us to share their talent with the airwaves during these unprecedented times.”
In addition to being able to listen at king.org/listen, the public can explore plot synopses, productions photos, videos, blog posts and more at https://www.seattleopera.org/kingfm
April 25: Aida (2018) Alexandra LoBianco and Alfred Walker
May 2: La bohème (2013) Francesco Demuro, Elizabeth Caballero
May 9: The Flying Dutchman (2016) Greer Grimsley
May 16: The Magic Flute (2017) John Moore
May 23: Il trovatore (2019) Angela Meade
May 30: Tosca (2015) Mary Elizabeth Williams, Greer Grimsley
June 6: The Marriage of Figaro (2016) Nuccia Focile
June 13: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (2019) John Moore
June 20: Don Giovanni (2014) Lawrence Brownlee
June 27: La traviata (2017) Corinne Winters
July 11: Madama Butterfly (2017) Yasko Sato
July 18: Così fan tutte (2018) Marjukka Tepponen
July 25: Rigoletto (2019) Soraya Mafi
“It’s thrilling to have a chance to share these magnificent Seattle Opera performances with the public once again,” said Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean. “I can personally attest to the power of opera on the radio—I grew up listening to the Metropolitan Opera’s weekly broadcasts, and became a dedicated opera fan because of it. When all you have is an opera’s music, your imagination is forced into high gear; your creativity is stimulated. Plus, these performances feature some of the greatest singing Seattle heard in the last decade.”
Alexandra LoBianco (Aida) with cast members of Seattle Opera's Aida. Philip Newton photo