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Seattle Symphony Conductor Ludovic Morlot Announces He’ll Step Down in 2019

Seattle Symphony Conductor Ludovic Morlot Announces He’ll Step Down in 2019

Seems like he just got here. In an announcement posted on the Seattle Symphony’s website this morning, music director Ludovic Morlot says he’ll step away… Continue reading

Seattle Symphony Conductor Ludovic Morlot Announces He’ll Step Down in 2019
Photo by Jacob Lucas

Seattle Opera’s Stark American Tragedy

A Czech opera is transported from Russia to Cascadia, making its villain even more chilling.

Photo by Jacob Lucas
Photo by Tracy Martin

The 5th Avenue’s “Pajama Game” Is Steaming Hot

How did they get away with this in 1954?

Photo by Tracy Martin
Arvo Pärt: Timeless to Me

Arvo Pärt: Timeless to Me

At 81, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt walks his own quiet path, but has captivated the world into following him.

Arvo Pärt: Timeless to Me
Seattle Opera Leaves Verdi Unsettled

Seattle Opera Leaves Verdi Unsettled

Times are tough all over. Ever since the ex-courtesan Violetta, whose story Verdi tells in La traviata, moved in with her admirer Alfredo, she’s brought… Continue reading

Seattle Opera Leaves Verdi Unsettled
‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ Is a Bleak Counterpart To Seasonal Favorites

‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ Is a Bleak Counterpart To Seasonal Favorites

ArtsWest’s live choir and dance adaptation of the fairy tale follows a child’s Christmas in hell.

‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ Is a Bleak Counterpart To Seasonal Favorites
The Sounders’ Are-You-F***ing-Kidding-Me Season: A Timeline

The Sounders’ Are-You-F***ing-Kidding-Me Season: A Timeline

It was the best of seasons, it was the worst of seasons. But on Saturday, it could become the best ever.

The Sounders’ Are-You-F***ing-Kidding-Me Season: A Timeline
Pushing Bach Against Trump

Pushing Bach Against Trump

A Cornish faculty cellist’s next performance will double as protest.

Pushing Bach Against Trump
From Seattle Opera, A Trans Person’s Path to Self-Reconciliation

From Seattle Opera, A Trans Person’s Path to Self-Reconciliation

No opera, to my knowledge, has told the story of a trans person as either a central or subsidiary character, but novelty alone wouldn’t be… Continue reading

From Seattle Opera, A Trans Person’s Path to Self-Reconciliation
At Seattle Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, Let the Buyer Beware

At Seattle Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, Let the Buyer Beware

A classic fairy tale is rethought to make a political point—with one huge miscalculation.

At Seattle Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, Let the Buyer Beware
Our Favorite Seattle Restaurants

Our Favorite Seattle Restaurants

From Altura to Vendemmia.

Our Favorite Seattle Restaurants
Seattle Theatre Works’ Harrowing Tale of a Brutalized Everyman

Seattle Theatre Works’ Harrowing Tale of a Brutalized Everyman

The 1837 play could be subtitled “It’s Not the Murderer Who Is Perverse, but the Society He Lives In.”

Seattle Theatre Works’ Harrowing Tale of a Brutalized Everyman
Pianist Jesse Myers and his exploded keyboard. Photo by Maggie Molloy

John Cage Inspires Epic Chaos With His Musicircus

An evening devoted to the composer erases boundaries—between performer and auditor, art and life.

Pianist Jesse Myers and his exploded keyboard. Photo by Maggie Molloy
Seattle Opera’s Spicy Comedy Is Second to Nun

Seattle Opera’s Spicy Comedy Is Second to Nun

Terry Gilliam inspired the visuals in this tale of medieval mayhem.

Seattle Opera’s Spicy Comedy Is Second to Nun
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Unusually Serious, Bittersweet Opera Charms

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Unusually Serious, Bittersweet Opera Charms

Outstanding performances abound in this rare staging of the 1888 work by the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Unusually Serious, Bittersweet Opera Charms
The Northwest Mahler Festival Goes Long

The Northwest Mahler Festival Goes Long

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the volunteer-driven celebration takes on the Third Symphony.

The Northwest Mahler Festival Goes Long
The Symphony Programs a Different Kind of American Festival

The Symphony Programs a Different Kind of American Festival

Ludovic Morlot takes a more difficult and rewarding route in programming SSO’s summer offering.

The Symphony Programs a Different Kind of American Festival
The Flying Dutchman. Courtesy of Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera’s Idiosyncratic Wagner

What happens when a stylized directorial conception doesn’t quite mesh with the voices singing it?

The Flying Dutchman. Courtesy of Seattle Opera
Milton Babbitt, remembered more for his polemic than his music. Courtesy of Eastman School of Music.

Reclaiming Milton Babbitt, America’s Most Polarizing Composer

It was clickbait before its time. In 1958 composer Milton Babbitt submitted a thinkpiece to High Fidelity magazine under the benign title “The Composer as Specialist,” and an editor changed it to the more belligerent “Who Cares if You Listen?”, starting a firestorm whose embers still glow.

Milton Babbitt, remembered more for his polemic than his music. Courtesy of Eastman School of Music.
Mary Elizabeth Williams glows as her namesake English queen. Photo by Jacob Lucas (detail)

Seattle Opera Wins With a Pair of Queens

In its thoroughly satisfying and powerful production of Mary Stuart, Donizetti’s 1835 tale of the battle between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, this production shows everyone how to do it.

Mary Elizabeth Williams glows as her namesake English queen. Photo by Jacob Lucas (detail)