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Content Advisories

Read our content advisories below to help decide whether an opera is right for you and your family. If you have specific questions or concerns, please email

Please note: No babes in arms in the theater.

Il trovatore

January 12–26, 2019
Performance Time: Approximately 2 hours, 50 minutes including 1 intermission

Movie-style rating: PG or PG-13 for:

  • Mature themes and content
  • Frequent references to war and violence

The music of Il trovatore is extraordinarily catchy, easy for everyone to appreciate; but the intense plot is extremely dark—almost a Greek tragedy. Themes include infanticide, suicide, fratricide, capital punishment, post-traumatic stress disorder, war, discrimination, and sexual jealousy. For those who have experienced war or violence in their lives, this production may trigger strong emotions. Parents should be prepared for discussions about the themes of retributive vengeance and oppression of the outsider.

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

February 23–March 9, 2019
Performance Time: Approximately 1 hour, 25 minutes with no intermission

Movie-style rating: PG-13 for:

  • Some coarse language
  • Brief drug use
  • Adultery, though there is no overtly sexual staging

Children may appreciate this opera’s contemporary setting, fast-moving scenic picture, and juxtaposition of different sound worlds. The title character is depicted taking drugs and questioning the paternity of his girlfriend’s child. Sung in English; the libretto includes some coarse language.

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May 4–18, 2019
Family Day: Sunday, May 12
Performance Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including 2 intermissions

Movie-style rating: PG-13 for:

  • Seduction and sexually explicit staging, including removal of undergarments and suggested sexual acts on stage. There is no nudity on stage. 
  • Violence, particularly against women; a female character is stabbed to death on stage
  • Smoking; the title character works in a cigarette factory

Carmen's familiar music, eye-catching sets and costumes, and intense drama appeal to children and adults alike. In this opera, cigarette-smoking and bullfighting are associated, metaphorically, with the danger and allure of sex. At the climax, a male character stabs the character of his ex-girlfriend to death in full view of the audience. Parents should be prepared for discussions about the themes of seduction, obsession, fate, and gender roles in different cultures.

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2018/19 Season

Seattle Opera's blockbuster 2018/19 season includes The Gershwins'® Porgy And Bess®, Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Verdi's Il trovatore, a west coast premiere of the new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, and Bizet's Carmen.

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