Seattle Opera http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Opera's Jenkins Looks Back At His Legacy, Including Making 'Colorblind’ Opera http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-operas-jenkins-looks-back-his-legacy-including-making-colorblind-opera <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159578897&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speight Jenkins is stepping down as general director of Seattle Opera after 31 years. And among the things he’s most proud of are the productions of two successful Ring cycles, surviving the economic recession by not resorting to just producing popular operas and advancing the opportunities for African-American men.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 17814 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Opera's Jenkins Looks Back At His Legacy, Including Making 'Colorblind’ Opera Seattle Symphony, Opera musicians approve contract http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-symphony-opera-musicians-approve-contract <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Labor disputes have shut down performances across the country, but Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera fans don’t have to worry about cancelations anytime soon. The musicians have agreed to a new contract.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:25:23 +0000 Ashley Gross 8776 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Symphony, Opera musicians approve contract At Seattle Opera, "Madama Butterfly" features a 39-pound non-diva http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-opera-madama-butterfly-features-39-pound-non-diva <p>&quot;Madama Butterfly&rdquo; is a story about love, heartbreak and sacrifice and it&rsquo;s beloved by opera fans worldwide.</p><p>It&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.seattleopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?productionID=102">the current production</a> at Seattle Opera. The cast features superstar soprano Patricia Racette, who has played the role at least 100 times, including at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4icppovof0o</p><p>And sharing the stage with her is a very young newcomer: Gabriella Mercado of Lynnwood. She&#39;s 6.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 11:58:20 +0000 Florangela Davila 4988 at http://www.kplu.org At Seattle Opera, "Madama Butterfly" features a 39-pound non-diva At Seattle Opera, grooming the next generation of stars http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-opera-grooming-next-generation-stars <p>It used to be that aspiring opera singers would live with their voice teachers and practice every day. That was in the 1800s.</p><p>Nowadays, the typical track is college followed by graduate school and then professional training at a major opera company.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s where Seattle Opera and <a href="http://www.seattleopera.org/affiliates/young/index.aspx">its Young Artists Program</a> come in.</p><p> Sun, 06 Nov 2011 16:18:31 +0000 Florangela Davila 3112 at http://www.kplu.org At Seattle Opera, grooming the next generation of stars The banjo in Seattle Opera's "Porgy and Bess" http://www.kplu.org/post/banjo-seattle-operas-porgy-and-bess <p>You don&#39;t expect to find a banjo in the orchestra pit at Seattle Opera. But there it is, getting warmed up by John Patrick Lowrie, a half-hour before showtime for <a href="http://www.seattleopera.org/tickets/2011-2012/porgy/videos_trailer.aspx">&quot;Porgy and Bess.&quot;</a><br /><br />From the first day of rehearsal, Lowrie made an impression upon the orchestra.</p> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:15:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 2321 at http://www.kplu.org The banjo in Seattle Opera's "Porgy and Bess" A horse, a donkey and Seattle Opera's "Don Quixote" http://www.kplu.org/post/horse-donkey-and-seattle-operas-don-quixote <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956091.mp3</p><p>Seattle Opera&rsquo;s latest production is <a href="http://www.seattleopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?productionID=93">&ldquo;Don Quixote.&rdquo;</a> The show is a spectacle, featuring sets that look like humongous books; computer-animated windmills; and flamenco dancers.</p><p>The cast also features a memorable pair from Bothell who is making its operatic debut: Millie, a donkey, and Desperado, a horse.</p><p> Sun, 06 Mar 2011 17:27:51 +0000 Florangela Davila 933 at http://www.kplu.org A horse, a donkey and Seattle Opera's "Don Quixote"