Explore Stage Magic at Free Seattle Opera Season Kickoff – Fun, interactive event highlights company’s new leadership and upcoming performances

Aidan Lang

Aidan Lang

Seattle—Come see what’s new and exciting at Seattle Opera this Sunday, Sept. 21 as the company kicks off its 2014/15 season with a free community event from noon to 5:30 p.m. at McCaw Hall.
With an exciting roster of upcoming productions—Don Giovanni, Tosca, Semele, and Ariadne auf Naxos—and a new General Director, Aidan Lang, attendees will have much to learn and enjoy at this look behind the curtain.
Additionally, unlike past Seattle Opera events geared specifically toward families, the Season Kickoff will allow arts-loving adults the chance to explore and even play.

“Our mission is to engage our broader community in the Pacific Northwest, providing a means for all people to access our art form,” Lang said. “If you love to be moved, thrilled, and excited by a good book, movie, or play, you might also love opera, too; you just don’t know it yet. We invite you to join us on Sept. 21, whether to get a taste of opera for the first time, or to come explore our spectacular upcoming season.”

The Season Kickoff
will give attendees a rare opportunity to walk on the McCaw Hall stage.
See the inner-workings of Seattle Opera’s technical marvels: the how-tos of scenery that flies from rafter to stage, the logistics of secret trap doors used in performance, and the strategic use of crash pads that allow performers to make death-defying jumps and falls.
This Technical Demonstration is free (like all of the day’s events) but requires registration.

Get a sneak peak of the colors, costumes, and characters of each upcoming opera. Themed lobby exhibits, designed to bring spectators into the unique world of each production, will take over the public spaces of McCaw Hall.
Create an original Tosca plot à la “Clue,” matching a character from Puccini’s masterpiece with a murder weapon and a different historic location in Rome.
A fun improv comedy performance, created from audience suggestions, will connect spectators with the commedia clowns of Ariadne auf Naxos.
And in the spirit of Don Giovanni’s Stone Guest—the statue of a dead man who pursues his murderer from beyond the grave—watch as Seattle Opera makeup artists transform models into zombies!

The day concludes with a live, onstage performance emceed by Lang and featuring performances by singers Karen Early Evans and Nerys Jones among other fun surprises!
Both the backstage technical demonstration (1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.), and the live performance (4:45 p.m.) are free but require online registration at seattleopera.org/seasonkickoff.

Seattle Opera Season Kickoff
McCaw Hall
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Seattle Opera’s 2014/15 Season Kickoff is made possible by NBBJ
The 2014/15 Season in honor of Speight Jenkins

Press Contact:
Gabrielle Nomura
206.676.5559
gabrielle.nomura@seattleopera.org

About Seattle Opera

Celebrating 50 years in 2014, Seattle Opera is a leading opera company, recognized both in the United States and around the world.
The company is committed to advancing the cultural life in the Pacific Northwest with performances of the highest caliber, and through innovative education and community programs that take opera far beyond the McCaw Hall stage.
Each year, more than 95,000 people attend Seattle Opera performances and the company’s programs serve more than 65,000 people of all ages. Seattle Opera is especially known for its acclaimed productions of the Wagner operas, and has created an “international attraction” in its presentation of Wagner’s epic Ring, according to The New York Times.

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