Seattle Opera: Tristan & Isolde – October 21, 2022

The first Tristan and Isolde: Ludwig and Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfeld, June 1865. Photograph by Josef Albert. Tristan und Isolde was the first opera I bought on CD, before I had heard or seen any opera outside of excerpts on TV commercials. That was almost 30 years ago, and outside of a performance in New … Continue reading Seattle Opera: Tristan & Isolde – October 21, 2022

My Operatic Adventure, Part 2: Das Rheingold and Siegfried at the Seattle Opera, Cycle III

After seeing the wonderful Die Walküre and solid Götterdämmerung last week, how could I not finish off the cycle this week?  After all, it will be at least 4 years before the cycle arrives in Seattle again. Das Rheingold From the low E-flat that begins the overture to the last note, I was treated to … Continue reading My Operatic Adventure, Part 2: Das Rheingold and Siegfried at the Seattle Opera, Cycle III

My Operatic Adventure: Die Walkure and Gotterdammerung at the Seattle Opera, Cycle II

Previous to watching these two operas, I had only see Die Walküre live.  In fact, not only was it the only Ring opera I had seen, it was the only Wagnerian opera.  I've heard all of his operas from Der Fliegende Holländer on, and I own two sets of the Ring, but this would be … Continue reading My Operatic Adventure: Die Walkure and Gotterdammerung at the Seattle Opera, Cycle II

A Night at the Opera….Simulcast

Seattle did a cool thing last Saturday night; it simulcast the opening night of Madama Butterfly--for free--in Key Arena.  If you reserved a ticket online, you got in between 6 and 6:30.  Otherwise, you could come in between 6:30 and 7:30, the latter time being when the opera started. I, of course, got a ticket, … Continue reading A Night at the Opera….Simulcast