Seattle— Singers of any age, voice type, and ability are invited to join Seattle Opera on May 22 at the Seattle Center Armory for a fun, free community sing-along in celebration of Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday.
The evening also includes a costume contest; to compete, simply show up dressed as a favorite character from Der Ring des Nibelungen.
And both men and women are encouraged to share their best (or most creative) rendition of Brünnhilde’s famous “Hojotoho” war cry.
Celebrity judges, including Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins, will award prizes for best costume and best “Hojotoho.”
Admission is free, and yes—there will be cake!
“What fun we’ll have celebrating the human voice, and the wild characters of our signature work, Wagner’s Ring, on the composer’s bicentennial,” says Sue Elliott, Director of Education at Seattle Opera. “Everyone is welcome—from those who’ve never before sung a note in public to professional singers. Unleash your inner diva and join us for an unforgettable night of music and joy.”
The celebration begins at 7:00 pm and goes until 8:30 pm (registration from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm).
If you prefer to come prepared, register in advance at www.seattleopera.org/singalong and receive a link to the music (scores, pronunciation guide, and recorded excerpts).
Seattle Opera Chorusmaster Beth Kirchhoff will lead all participants in the Wedding March from Lohengrin, the Entrance of the Guests from Tannhäuser, the Carnevals-Lied from Das Liebesverbot, and—in honor of Verdi’s bicentennial, also this year—the “Libiamo” from La traviata.
Cake donated by New Renaissance Cakes.
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May 22 also marks the date that single tickets to individual Ring opera performances go on sale to the public, starting when the box office opens that day at 9:30 am.
(Like Seattle Opera on Facebook for access to a presale on May 21.)
Single ticket prices for Ring performances start at $25.
Tickets are available through the Seattle Opera Ticket Office, 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619, or in person at 1020 John Street, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Wednesday hours are 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.seattleopera.org.
Standing room tickets will go on sale the first day of each cycle.
Seattle Opera’s 2013 Ring is conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Asher Fisch.
The production features the Seattle Opera debuts of British soprano Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde and German tenor Stefan Vinke as Siegfried.
Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley returns as Wotan, the role for which he won the Seattle Opera Artist of the Year Award in 2005.
Also returning are baritone Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, soprano Margaret Jane Wray as Sieglinde and the Third Norn, tenor Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, the Second Norn, and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung).
Stephen Wadsworth returns to direct this beloved “Green” Ring production, with sets designed by Thomas Lynch, costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, and lighting by Peter Kaczorowski.
Under General Director Speight Jenkins’ 30 years of leadership, Seattle Opera has become known as “America’s Bayreuth,” drawing worldwide audiences to its acclaimed productions of all of Richard Wagner’s major works.
To date, operagoers from 22 countries and all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) have purchased tickets for Seattle Opera’s 2013 Ring.
Seattle Opera’s Ring Cycle
OPERA CYCLE I CYCLE II CYCLE III
Das Rheingold Sunday, August 4 Monday, August 12 Tuesday, August 20
Die Walküre Monday, August 5 Tuesday, August 13 Wednesday, August 21
Siegfried Wednesday, August 7 Thursday, August 15 Friday, August 23
Götterdämmerung Friday, August 9 Saturday, August 17 Sunday, August 25
Valhalla Sponsor: Nesholm Family Foundation / John F. and Laurel Nesholm
Festival Sponsor: Lufthansa
Additional Support: Carol Franc Buck Foundation
Official Hotel Sponsor: Grand Hyatt Seattle
About Seattle Opera
Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States.
The company is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially the Opera’s interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner.
Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 38 cycles of the Ring (three different productions), in addition to acclaimed productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon.
Seattle Opera has achieved the highest per capita attendance of any major opera company in the United States, and draws operagoers from four continents and 50 states.
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