Seattle Opera Announces Its 2018-19 Season

And it’s pretty intriguing:

The Gershwins’® Porgy and Bess℠, August 11–25, 2018

Benjamin Britten, The Turn of the Screw, October 13-27, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi, Il trovatore, January 12-26, 2019

Mason Bates, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, February 23-March 9, 2019

Georges Bizet, Carmen, May 4-18, 2019

Britten’s opera, from 1954, is based on Henry James’ creepy novella about a hapless governess and the ghost terrorizing her wards; the 1961 Deborah Kerr film The Innocents is based on the same novella. Bates’ opera, which premiered in July in Santa Fe, covers the Apple visionary and his “father’s mentorship, his devotion to Buddhism, his relationships, his rise and fall as a mogul, and finally his marriage to Laurene Jobs, who showed him the power of human connection.”

I do hope the Gershwin is SO’s stunning production from 2011 and not the streamlined version that played the 5th Ave in 2014.

UPDATE: Seattle Opera confirms:

“It will be the complete operatic version, conducted by longtime go-to maestro John DeMain. Rather than reviving the 2011 Chris Alexander production, though, it will be a slightly upsized transfer of Francesca Zambello’s 2017 Glimmerglass production. The top-notch cast includes Mary Elizabeth Williams, reprising her 2011 show-stopping turn as Serena.”

“Top-notch” is understating it; Williams as Serena was an absolute jaw-dropper. Go see this show.

See seattleopera.org for more info.


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