The Ring

Confessions of a First-Time Operagoer

What is the project?

What is opera like to a newcomer? This art form definitely has certain stereotypes associated with it, and it can be intimidating to a newbie! So what happens when we take an opera neophyte, show them the ins and outs of what it takes to put an opera on stage, and then expose them to the Mount Everest of all operas, Wagner’s Ring cycle? We are capturing those experiences with our video production partner, Reel Grrls, in our new reality-style video series titled “Confessions of a First-time Operagoer,” in which we are chronicling a young adult’s adventures attending the Ring. The host, who was selected via a public online vote (over 6,500 votes cast!), is exploring Seattle Opera from the inside out, taking a behind-the-scenes peek into the creation of the Ring, meeting some of the Ring artists, and receiving advice from Ring veterans, all of which culminates in attending her very first Ring cycle. How does a young opera novice respond to Wagner’s monumental, epic cycle? We’re going to find out, and we are documenting every minute along the way!

Cassidy Quinn Brettler

Meet Our Host!

My name is Cassidy Quinn Brettler, and I live in Seattle, WA. At least, I live in Seattle during the summer... The rest of the year, I'm a student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. I love both cities! While I'm at school, I participate in a ton of extra-curricular activities - doing plays, musicals, sitcoms, soap operas, entertainment news shows, sports news shows, radio shows - basically anything you could imagine in the field of acting and broadcasting!

This summer I will be continuing my job as a lifeguard, and interning at KCPQ News (q13) in Seattle. I'm hoping the internship will help prepare me for the real world of broadcasting and for the executive producing I'm going to be doing at Emerson in the fall. When I’m not interning at KCPQ News, I'll be hosting a short documentary for Seattle Opera called "Confessions of a First-Time Operagoer" - I get to follow Seattle Opera's production of Wagner's Ring cycle!

I'm always looking for new opportunities - I'll try basically everything once!

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