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2018/19 Season Tickets

2018/19 Season Tickets

Porgy And Bess

The Turn of the Screw

Il trovatore

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Carmen

The Gershwins'® Porgy And Bess℠

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Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25, 2018

The Great American Opera

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By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

The great American opera boasts some of the best songs ever written—including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin',” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” alongside rhapsodic orchestral music and superb choral writing. Dozens of characters experience a gamut of emotions in this slice of life story set in Heywards’ fictional Catfish Row. Boldly combining action, humor, romance, struggle, and celebration, the Gershwins’ vibrant, one-of-a-kind masterpiece will inspire you to “rise up singing.”

“An overall theatrical and musical success, [Glimmerglass’s 2017] Porgy and Bess proves one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.”- Bachtrack.com

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Photo: Porgy and Bess, The Glimmerglass Festival, 2017. © Karli Cadel.

The Gershwins'® Porgy And Bess℠ is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale April 10. Remind Me

In English with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 3 hours and 15 minutes with 1 intermission.

Porgy and Bess is the foundation of American opera, which brought American music (jazz, folk music) into what had until then been considered a European art form. The work is beloved and also criticized for its depiction of the African American community.

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There are some who see the characterizations as stereotypical. (Sidney Poitier regretted only two roles that he performed in film, and Porgy was one of them.) And the opera has been pivotal to the careers of many African American performers, perhaps most notably Leontyne Price. Seattle Opera will engage the community in dialogue about music and theater which have been significant to the African American community. More details will be announced soon.

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The Turn of the Screw

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Oct. 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, & 27, 2018

A Spine-tingling Ghost Story

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By Benjamin Britten

An unnamed governess travels to an isolated mansion, hired by a mysterious guardian to care for two orphaned children. What follows are a series of increasingly ominous encounters with “the others” –menacing spirits of the manor’s previous staff. Are the ghosts supernatural in origin, or are they the products of her overactive imagination? Britten’s seductive, luminous, and brilliantly structured score utilizes a variety of musical expression. A tantalizingly veiled portrait of psychological disintegration, with tangible tension throughout.

Expanding upon his “powerful and compelling” (Seattle P-I) staging, director Peter Kazaras heightens the haunting atmosphere with a labyrinthine new production for McCaw Hall.

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© Philip Newton

The Turn of the Screw is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale May 22. Remind Me

In English with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including 1 intermission.

 

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Il trovatore

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Jan. 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 25, & 26, 2019

Grand, "rousingly traditional" staging (Opera News)

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By Giuseppe Verdi

Packed with more hit songs than any opera but Carmen, Verdi’s hot-blooded melodrama thrills with swift action, intense pathos, and multiple moments where singers shine. During a time of civil war, a mother’s love clashes with a dark secret from her past as two rival soldiers feud for the favor of a noblewoman with a secret of her own. The abundance of masterful music audiences shouting “Viva Verdi!” after its premiere.

Just announced: A new "rousingly traditional" (Opera News) production features imposing sets and the return of Seattle Opera's elaborate period costumes from 2010.

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© Philip Newton

Il trovatore is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale May 22. Remind Me

In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes including 1 intermission.

 

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

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Feb. 23, 24, 27
Mar. 2, 6, 8, & 9, 2019

A Cutting-Edge Crowd-Pleaser

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Music by Mason Bates
Libretto by Mark Campbell

Following the world premiere’s “rapturous reception” (The Washington Post), the smash hit of the 2017 Santa Fe Opera season makes its West Coast debut at McCaw Hall! This innovative and crowd-pleasing portrait of Apple’s visionary co-founder “does what opera does best: giving audiences a glimpse into the inner life of its title character” (Marin Independent Journal). Bates’ score dazzles with a glossy mix of lyrical and rhythmic music, combining traditional and electronic instrumentation. Campbell’s compelling, funny, and touching libretto interweaves universal themes of communication and connection, treating its subject with respect and humanity.

Kevin Newbury’s sharp and “visually stunning” (ABQ Journal) staging utilizes state-of-the-art technology to artfully conjure up and skillfully transition between the opera’s 18 scenes. A remarkable example of heightened theatrical imagination.

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© Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale May 22. Remind Me

In English with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes with no intermission.

 

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Carmen

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May 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 17, & 18, 2019

The Ultimate Femme Fatale

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By Georges Bizet

Bizet’s sexy thriller about an everyday soldier’s ill-fated obsession with the ultimate femme fatale is arguably the world’s most popular opera. Featuring an unrivaled procession of celebrated/hit melodies, Bizet’s lavish score brims with brilliant orchestration. Moving like a runaway train from its rollicking, iconic overture to the shocking, tour-de-force finale, Carmen packs all the vibrancy and volatility of a bullfight into an irresistible theatrical event.

Renowned British director Paul Curran has garnered high praise for helming dozens of innovative productions on both sides of the Atlantic. He teams with frequent collaborator Gary McCann to create an imposing, dynamic, and glamorously gritty theatrical arena inhabited by a multitude of factory girls, townsfolk, smugglers, soldiers, and “tor-ee-a-dors”.

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© Philip Newton

Carmen is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale May 22. Remind Me

In French with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance runs 3 hours and30 minutes, with 2 intermissions.

 

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Season ticket holders enjoy the same seats all year and save up to 38% off the cost of buying the operas individually. As our most loyal patrons, they also receive exclusive benefits including FREE PARKING with a 5-opera package purchase by March 19.

Season tickets are now available for any 3, 4, or all 5 operas in our 2018/19 season. Packages start at just $40 per opera. Visit our Prices & Packages page for detailed price lists and seating charts.

All it takes is $20 down to place your order, then use our interest-free payment plans to pay in automatic installments through July 2018.

HOW TO PURCHASE

Begin by clicking on the Order Now button to the right. You will be prompted to choose your day of week and seats.

If you are already a subscriber, log in to start your renewal. You will be able to renew as-is or request changes.

Prefer personal assistance? Just call us at 206.389.7676. Representatives are available from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday to answer questions.

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BENEFITS for the 2018/19 Season

As our most loyal patrons, season ticket holders receive exclusive benefits including:

  • Big Savings: Up to 38% off the cost of buying the operas individually!
  • Free Parking: Good news—the free parking deadline was recently extended to March 19. Purchase a 5-opera package by March 19 and park free all season (an $85 value).  
  • Easy Ticket Exchanges: Switch to another date of the same opera with no fee.

And many more! Expand the full benefits list to see all the perks of being a season ticket holder.

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BENEFITS FOR ALL SUBSCRIBERS

  • Save up to 38% off the cost of buying the operas individually. What's more: subscribing now guarantees that you won't be subject to changes in pricing later. For high demand operas like Porgy and Bess and Carmen, ticket prices can increase as much as $80 per opera as opening night approaches, but subscribers have already locked in the best seats at a low price!
  • Free Parking for your five subscription operas—an $85 value! Choose from Mercer Garage or Fifth Avenue Garage. Available only with 5-opera packages purchased by March 19.
  • Interest-Free Payment Plans are available for subscribers paying by credit card. All we need is $20 down to place your order, then spread out the remaining balance in multiple payments through July 2018.
  • Flexible Ticket Exchanges: Know in advance that you can't make a performance? Only subscribers may exchange their tickets online until 4 p.m. on their performance day (or 4 p.m. Saturday for Sunday performances), without fees, to another performance of the same opera. Exchanges can also be processed over the phone at 206.389.7676.
  • Missed Performance Tickets: We understand that things come up last minute. Season ticket holders who miss their performance unexpectedly may request free standby tickets to a later performance of the same opera, subject to availability.
  • Free Lost Ticket Replacement: Subscribers who have lost their tickets may visit any sales window at the McCaw Hall Box Office to receive replacements free of charge.
  • Additional Single Ticket Discounts: Subscribers receive an additional 10% discount off single ticket prices for all mainstage performances in the 2018/19 Season.* Simply log in before selecting seats and your discount will be automatically applied. Additionally, single tickets are made available to subscribers before they are released to the public.
  • One-Time Seating Upgrade: See things from a new perspective! Season ticket holders are invited to try out a different seat for free at a show of their choosing during the season. Upgrades may be requested day-of-show only and are typically for one price level higher than your usual seats.
  • One-Time Bring a Friend Discount: Use this extraordinary discount to share opera with a friend! Subscribers have the opportunity to purchase up to two additional tickets for select performances at 50% off single ticket prices.*
  • Costume Preview Event: Each season our subscribers have the opportunity to enjoy a preview of the costumes for the season's upcoming productions. See the extraordinary detail and craftsmanship that goes into every costume that graces the Seattle Opera mainstage.
  • Learn More About Your Operas: Additional events featuring each opera, including free previews, take place around town all season long. Subscribers are invited to attend these events to learn more about their upcoming productions. Check our calendar for details.

BENEFITS FOR PREFERRED SUBSCRIBERS

Purchase season tickets in our specially-designated premium seating areas (which include a built-in donation) and you'll be automatically enrolled in our Preferred Subscriber Program. These seating areas are noted during the purchase path and can also be found on our price and seating charts. Along with securing the very best seats, Preferred Subscribers receive extra perks including:

  • Concierge Desk Service: Prior to each performance, the Preferred Subscriber Concierge can assist with ticket exchanges, ticket reprints, additional single ticket purchases, and other ticketing and donor inquiries on the spot. Preferred Subscribers can also pick up their program in advance.
  • Welcome Event: First-time Preferred Subscribers are invited to a special event just for them.
  • Thank You Gift: Stop by the Concierge desk pre-show at your first 2018/19 performance to pick up your special gift.

 

*Ticket discounts do not apply to DCP, OCA, and $25 ticket areas, and may not be combined with other discounts or offers. Discounts listed are approximate as they are calculated prior to the addition of facility fee and are rounded up to the nearest whole dollar. Discounts are for the 2018/19 mainstage Seattle Opera season at McCaw Hall only.

All benefits are subject to availability.

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Frequently Asked Questions

MY SCHEDULE CHANGES A LOT. SHOULD I STILL BUY SEASON TICKETS?

YES! Season ticket holders can exchange their tickets for any other performance of the same opera with no fees. Just call us or request an exchange online any time after you receive your tickets and before 4 p.m. on the day of your performance (or 4 p.m. on Saturdays for Sunday matinees). There are no fees for ticket exchanges; however, upgrade charges may apply if you are changing to a more expensive day of the week or seat location.

Already know you need a different date for one of your 2018/19 operas? No problem. Place your subscription order, then request an early exchange. Your season ticket mailing will include your new tickets for the performance(s) into which you exchanged.

HOW MUCH WILL I SAVE?

When you purchase more than one performance at a time through one of our season ticket packages, we offer substantial savings to you: up to 38% off the individual tickets. Combine that with payment plans for a low monthly payment!

HOW DO I USE PAYMENT PLANS?

Convenient automatic payment plans allow you to spread your payments over several months, an option popular with our subscribers paying by credit card. It's flexible and free—no interest or additional service charges.

Payment plans are available when you order online, by phone, by mail, or in person at our 1020 John Street, Seattle office. At a minimum, your payment today must include the $20 service fee. Payment plans may only be set up using a credit or debit card. We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We are only able to accept one credit card for this payment. The card must be valid through one month past the last payment scheduled. Your final payment must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the start of the first opera in your season ticket package.

When you order online, the checkout page will offer several convenient payment plan options that automatically divide your total into monthly installments. You may contact Audience Services at 206.389.7676 or tickets@seattleopera.org to change the arrangements of your payment plan at any time as long as your final payment is scheduled at least two weeks prior to the start of the first opera in your subscription. With our convenient automatic payment plan there is no need to call or send back an invoice to us; your card will automatically be charged on the days set up for the payment plan.

If you select a payment plan, your season tickets will be mailed after your final payment is made.

CAN I BUY SEASON TICKETS FOR LESS THAN $200?

Absolutely! Our most affordable days of the week to attend are Wednesday and Friday evenings. Five-opera packages on start at $199 on Wednesdays, which is just $40 per opera. Depending on the date and combination of opears, three-opera packages start at $142 and four-opera packages start at $173.

Under 40? Consider joining BRAVO!, our club for young professionals. With a $79 annual membership fee, you'll have access to season tickets at a 50% discount off the price of single tickets, free intermission receptions, and invitations to parties all year.

Student or Senior? Students save 50% off single ticket prices when purchasing season tickets, and seniors get extra discounts too. Call Audience Services at 206.389.7676 for more information.

CAN I BUY just 3 or 4 operas?

Yes! 3- and 4-Opera packages are now on sale. New to subscribe? Select 'Order Now' above, uncheck the opera or two that you do not wish to see, and select which series dates work best for you. 

If you are a renewing subscriber who wants to keep their same seats, but only for 3 or 4 operas next season, select 'Renew Now' above. When you're asked to review your subscription seats and series, simply select the option to 'Request a Series Change', and uncheck the opera or two that you don't want to see, on your same series dates. When you're prompted to select your seating area, select your same zone and quantity, and let us know in our special request box that you want the same seats (just for 3 or 4 operas). 

DON'T SEE YOUR QUESTION HERE?

If your question isn't listed above, feel free to contact Audience Services at 206.389.7676 or send us an email.