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World Premiere - Seattle Opera Commission
Libretto by Gardner McFall
Story by Stephen Wadsworth

Join Us for Amelia Special Events

In the weeks leading up to the world premiere of Amelia, Seattle Opera will present a variety of panel discussions, lectures, and other special events designed to provide unique insight into the development of this new work and reach out to new communities with particular ties to the opera's story and themes. Events take place throughout the region and most are free of charge. Plus, many of our events will be streamed LIVE online for the very first time! Participate in person or from the comfort of your own computer where you can ask questions and join the discussion in real time. Event streams will also be available for you to watch after they take place; visit

Amelia Flight Exhibit at McCaw Hall

Seattle Opera is partnering with The Museum of Flight to produce a full-scale exhibit exploring the theme of “flight in one’s life” through historical photographs, other memorabilia, and Ameliaset engineering sketches by Scene Shop Manager Michael Moore. Amelia attendees will have the ability to take a guided cell phone tour through the exhibit, located on all lobby levels throughout McCaw Hall (admission free with performance ticket). Similar to guided headset tours offered at museums, viewers can call a provided number on their mobile phones and access pre-recording information about the items you’ll be viewing. Admission to the exhibit is free to all Amelia performance ticketholders.

Community Panel Discussions at The Museum of Flight

Listen to voices representing many perspectives on the Vietnam War at these two Saturday afternoon events that are open to all. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, March 13 - 2:00 p.m.
9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle
Moderated by Seattle Opera Trustee and Vietnam War veteran Carl Ege.
This event will be streamed live online as well as available for viewing later.
Read the panelists' bios*

Saturday, April 10 - 2:00 p.m.
9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle
This event will be streamed live online as well as available for viewing later.
Read the panelists' bios*

Free Creating Amelia Lecture Discussions
at University Village Barnes & Noble

What does it take to create a new opera? Get a glimpse of the commissioning, development, pre-production, and rehearsal process at these Monday evening presentations from members of the Amelia creative teams. All discussions will be moderated by Speight Jenkins*.

Barnes & Noble Location: 2675 NE University Village St., Seattle

Monday, April 5 - 6:00 p.m.
Staging Amelia: General Director Speight Jenkins and Story Author/Stage Director Stephen Wadsworth

Monday, April 12 - 6:00 p.m.
Composing Amelia: Composer Daron Hagen and Librettist Gardner McFall

Monday, April 19 - 6:00 p.m.
Designing Amelia: Set Designer Tom Lynch, Costume Shop Manager Susan Davis, and Lighting Designer Duane Schuler

This event will be streamed live online as well as available for viewing later.

Librettist Lecture at Richard Hugo House

Author Gardner McFall based the Amelia libretto on her autobiographical book of poetry, The Pilot's Daughter. She will give a lecture titled "Autobiographical Writing: From Life to Text" at Richard Hugo House, a center for local writers.

Monday, April 26 - 7:00 p.m.
1634 11th Avenue, Seattle
This event will be streamed live online as well as available for viewing later.

Amelia Preview Lectures

In the weeks prior to opening night, members of Seattle Opera's Education Department travel around the region to present preview lectures to a variety of audiences. You can also listen to 98.1 Classical KING FM at 7:30 every night of the week before the opera begins to hear General Director Speight Jenkins preview Amelia.

For the full list of dates and locations, visit our online calendar.

*Speakers and dates subject to change.

May 8 - May 22

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