Seattle Opera unveils 2016/17 Season: More than 40 artists debut in enchanting classics and gripping new works

Seattle OperaSEATTLE – Thrilling theater and unforgettable music—that’s what audiences can expect from Seattle Opera’s 2016/17 Season.
The company today announced the operas next up at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
They include: The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory, Hansel & Gretel, La traviata, Katya Kabanova and The Magic Flute.

This upcoming season will allow audiences to experience the full scope of General Director Aidan Lang’s vision for Seattle Opera.
It’s the first year planned entirely by Lang since the 2014 leadership transition and departure of Speight Jenkins.

“I’m thrilled to present five operas this season—including four experiences never before seen at McCaw Hall, ranging from high comedy to intense drama,” Lang said. “Great opera is great theater, and I’ve chosen directors and designers who can speak to 21st century audiences, while maintaining the beauty, integrity and truth that we all love about these works.”

Lang will also bring more than 40 artists, including singers, conductors and creative teams, to Seattle for the first time.
This season, Seattle Opera unveils a new approach to casting. Introduced in the 1980s, the previous “Gold and Silver” casting system divided singers into teams based on experience and popularity.
Going forward, casting will be equitable at all performances.
No matter which performance you attend, Seattle Opera will provide a caliber of casting consistent with any of the world’s greatest opera houses.

In August 2016, the season kicks off with a raucous bang—The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory (original title: Le comte Ory) to be precise.
Gioachino Rossini’s story of a notorious skirt-chaser and his merry-making minions comes to Seattle Opera for the first time with the grandeur of opera and the pop of a Broadway musical.
Australian stage director Lindy Hume has envisioned an outrageous mashup: the opera’s medieval setting is getting a cheeky twist with a nod to Monty Python and Austin Powers, complete with psychedelic sets and costumes!
Lawrence Brownlee and Sarah Coburn return to McCaw Hall following The Daughter of the Regiment (2013) to sing Count Ory and Countess Adèle.
Barry Banks, a longtime Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera star, as well as Lauren Snouffer, one of the most highly sought-after sopranos on the international stage, will make company debuts in the same roles.
Italian conductor Giacomo Sagripanti, a rising star who was profiled by KING5 TV during Cinderella in 2013, returns.

As summer turns to fall in 2016, audiences will be treated to Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, an atmospheric fable not seen at Seattle Opera for more than 20 years.
This particular production by Laurent Pelly “speaks to the kid in all of us” (Gramophone) with refreshing humor and Wagnerian orchestration, and the hauntingly relevant story explores universal themes of poverty, consumerism, and the need for taking care of a shared Earth.
In the end, there’s happiness for all—save for one very bad witch.
Ashley Emerson (Young Amelia in the 2010 world premiere of Amelia) and Anya Matanovic (Fidelio, Falstaff, The Magic Flute, former Young Artist) share the role of Gretel opposite Grammy Award-winner Sasha Cooke and Sarah Larsen rotating as Hansel.
Sebastian Lang-Lessing (who conducts The Flying Dutchman in May 2016) will take the podium.

Seattle Opera will ring in the New Year, 2017, with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata, a tale of moral hypocrisy, selfless sacrifice, and a worldly Parisian courtesan who must give up the man she loves.
Said to have one of the most perfect scores in all of opera, La traviata comes to McCaw Hall in a gripping production directed by Peter Konwitschny that gets right to the heart of the story. Hailed by The New York Times as “an outstanding actress, as well as a singer of extraordinary grace and finesse,” Corinne Winters sings Violetta opposite Stefano Secco as Alfredo.
Angel Blue, a former titleholder in the Miss America Organization described by Plácido Domingo as “the next Leontyne Price,” sings Violetta opposite Zach Borichevsky.
Italian conductor
Stefano Ranzani, a regular at La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera, makes his company debut.

February 2017 brings another Seattle Opera premiere to McCaw Hall.
Leoš Janáček’s Katya Kabanova weaves a visceral story of sheltered Katya, who longs to be free of her dull arranged marriage and dreary home life.
Recently awakened to true love, she remains dominated by a monstrous mother-in-law.
Can Katya’s fragile world survive when her pent-up passions finally burst forth? Acclaimed Australian director Patrick Nolan’s all-new production set in post-war Pacific Northwest dives deep into the emotional turbulence lurking beneath the surface of small town respectability.
In the role of Katya, American soprano Melody Moore makes her Seattle Opera debut, sharing the role with Corinne Winters. Joseph Dennis and Scott Quinn will sing the role of Boris.
Victoria Livengood returns as Kabanicha, and Slovak conductor Oliver von Dohnányi makes his Seattle Opera debut.

The season concludes with an all-time audience favorite: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Fashion designer to the stars Zandra Rhodes has created the costumes for this colorful fantasy, which celebrates the power of love and music.
A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and are tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests.
Undergoing trials of virtue, discretion and charity, they realize all may not be as it seems in this magical land.
Chris Alexander returns to direct. Making their company debuts are Maestra Julia Jones, Elliot Madore and Craig Verm as Papageno, and Christina Poulitsi as Queen of the Night.  

The 2016/17 Season Sponsor: Seattle Opera Guild
In Memory of Marian E. Lackovich and Captain Louis J. Lackovich

Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Media Relations Manager
Seattle Opera
seattleopera.org
Performances at McCaw Hall: 321 Mercer Street
Administrative and Ticket Office: 1020 John Street
Office 206.676.5559
gabrielle.gainor@seattleopera.org

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The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory (Le comte Ory)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Eugène Scribe & Charles Gaspard Delestre-Poirson
In French with English captions

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Performances: August 6, 7m, 10, 13, 17, 19, 20, 2016
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes with 1 intermission
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Premiere: August 20, 1828 at the Paris Opéra
Seattle Opera Premiere

Cast:

Count Ory: Lawrence Brownlee† (Aug. 6, 13, 17 & 20) / Barry Banks* (Aug. 7m, 10 & 19)
Countess Adele: Sarah Coburn† (Aug. 6, 13, 17 & 20) / Lauren Snouffer* (Aug. 7m, 10 & 19)
Isolier: Hanna Hipp* (Aug. 6, 13, 17 & 20) / Stephanie Lauricella* (Aug. 7m, 10 & 19)
Raimbaud: Rodon Pogossov* (Aug. 6, 13, 17 & 20) / Will Liverman* (Aug. 7m, 10 & 19)
Tutor: Patrick Carfizzi
Ragonde: Maria Zifchak

Conductor: Giacomo Sagripanti
Director: Lindy Hume*
Set & Costumes: Dan Potra*
Lighting Design: Duane Schuler
Choreographer: Daniel Pelzig
Hair & Makeup Design: Joyce Degenfelder

† Former Seattle Opera Young Artist
* Company Debut

Production Sponsor: Marks Family Foundation
#SOCountOry

Hansel & Gretel

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto by Adelheid Wette
In German with English captions

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Performances: October 15, 16m, 19, 22, 26, 28, 29, 2016
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with 1 intermission
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Premiere: December 23, 1893 in Weimar, Germany
Previous Seattle Opera Performance: 1994

Cast:

Gretel: Ashley Emerson (Oct. 15, 22, 26, & 29) / Anya Matanovic† (Oct. 16m, 19 & 29)
Hansel: Sasha Cooke† (Oct. 15, 22, 26 & 29) / Sarah Larsen† (Oct. 16m, 19 & 28)
Witch: John Easterlin (Oct. 15, 22, 26 & 29) / Peter Marsh* (Oct. 16m, 19 & 28)
Gertrude: Marcy Stonikas†
Peter: Mark Walters
Sandman/Dew Fairy: Amanda Opuszynski†

Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Director: Laurent Pelly*
Set Design: Barbara de Limburg*
Costume Design: Laurent Pelly*
Lighting Design: Joël Adam

† Former Seattle Opera Young Artist
* Company Debut

Production Sponsor: Microsoft
#SOHanselGretel

La traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
In Italian with English captions

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Performances: January 14, 15m, 18, 21, 25, 27, 28, 2017
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes with no intermission
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Premiere: March 6, 1853 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy
Previous Seattle Opera Performance: 1973, 1996, 1980, 1988, 2009

Cast:

Violetta: Corrine Winters* (Jan. 14, 21, 25 & 28) / Angel Blue (Jan. 15m, 18 & 27)
Alfredo: Stefano Secco (Jan. 14, 21, 25 & 28) / Zach Borichevsky* (Jan. 15m, 18 & 27)
Germont: Weston Hurt (Jan. 14, 21, 25 & 28) / Stephen Powell*(Jan. 15m, 18 & 27)
Flora: Maya Lahyani†

Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Director: Laurent Pelly*
Set Design: Barbara de Limburg*
Costume Design: Laurent Pelly*
Lighting Design: Joël Adam*

† Former Seattle Opera Young Artist
* Company Debut

Production Sponsors: Ann P. Wyckoff and Lenore M. Hanauer
#SOtraviata

Katya Kabanova

Music by Leoš Janáček
Libretto by Vincenc Cervinka
In Czech with English captions

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Performances: February 25 & 26; March 1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 2017

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours with 1 intermission
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Premiere: November 23, 1921 at the National Theater in Brno, Moravia
Seattle Opera Premiere

Cast:

Katya Kabanova: Melody Moore* (Feb. 25, Mar. 4, 8, & 11) / Corrine Winters (Feb. 26m, Mr. 1 & 10)
Kabanicha: Victoria Livengood
Boris: Joseph Dennis* (Feb. 25, Mar. 4, 8, & 11) /  Scott Quinn*(Feb. 26m, Mar. 1 & 10)
Dikoj: Stefan Szafarowsky*
Varvara: Maya Lahyani†
Vanya Kudrjas: Joshua Kohl
Tichon: Nicky Spence*

Conductor: Oliver von Dohnányi
Director: Patrick Nolan*
Set & Costumes: Genevieve Blanchett*
Lighting Design: Mark Howett*

† Former Seattle Opera Young Artist
* Company Debut

Production Sponsors: Seattle Opera Foundation, Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle, and Kreielsheimer Endowment Fund
#SOKatya

The Magic Flute
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
In German with English captions

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Performances: May 6, 7m, 10, 13, 17, 19, 20, 2017

Approximate Running Time: 3 hours with 1 intermission
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Premiere: September 30, 1791 at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria
Previous Seattle Opera Performances: 1978, 1987, 1999 and 2011

Cast:

Tamino: Paul Appleby* (May 6, 13, 17 & 20) / Randall Bills (May 7m, 10 & 19)
Pamina: Lauren Snouffer (May 6, 13, 17 & 20) / Amanda Forsythe (May 7m, 10 & 19)
Papageno: Elliot Madore* (May 6, 13, 17 & 20) / Craig Verm* (May 7m, 10 & 19)
Queen of the Night: Christina Poulitsi*
Sarastro: Ante Jerkunica*
Monostatos: Rodell Rosel
Papagena: Amanda Opuszynski†
First Lady: Jacqueline Piccolino*
Second Lady: Nian Wang*
Third Lady: Jenni Bank*
Speaker: Adam Lau

Conductor: Julia Jones*
Director: Chris Alexander
Set Design: Robert Dalstrom with Robert Schaub
Costume Design: Zandra Rhodes
Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

† Former Seattle Opera Young Artist
* Company Debut

Production Sponsors: Tagney Jones Family Fund at Seattle Foundation and ArtsFund
#SOFlute

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About Seattle Opera
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 400,000 people of all ages (including school performances, radio broadcasts and community engagement initiatives).
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