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    I do have some good news. They will have a Bel Canto concert with some big name ladies as part of the opera season. I am very excited to see this next winter. I'll be happy to get good seats for that even pay $20 for parking LOL.

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    As costs go up, we all are being forced to be more selective. However, that may not be a bad thing...

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    Benefits for the 2020/21 Season

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

    Big Savings: Up to 35% off the cost of buying the operas individually!

    Free Parking for all five mainstage operas when you purchase a 5-opera package before February 19, 2020.
    Hm...
    Is the parking place administrated by the opera company?

    Here in Europe it is always expensive to park next to the theater... 18-20 Euros one should to count...

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    They used to raise the cost if there was a game at the arena nearby, but now it is always sky high. it is owned by the Seattle Center, which has many theaters and sporting complexes. It is where the Space Needle is. Our opera house was gutted earlier in this century and completely remade quite wonderfully. I made a delivery to the home of Susan Brotman, who's husband was co owner of Costco. They named the opera/ballet hall after her as they were the major donors. I got to thank her personally. Almost always at CEO homes I deliver just to the butler.There is of course lots of money in Seattle, but much of it is IT money, much of the philantropy is not for the arts. The opera and ballet crowd is mostly the blue hair crowd and the under 40 Amazon crowd is not in attendance.

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    Curiously, I just moved to Seattle and am going to start attending the opera here. My first performance is a Eugene Onegin in 10 days.

    I am sure I would have appreciated the Wagner focus under Jenkins, but I am looking forward to what Christina Scheppelmann does.

    I missed the 2020/21 season being announced; it's not that compelling (but Cav/Pag has a good cast, at least) but I'm sure I'll get a subscription. I am really excited about the Angela Meade/Jamie Barton concert in October; I just saw Jamie Barton in recital and she was wonderful.


    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    I do have some good news. They will have a Bel Canto concert with some big name ladies as part of the opera season. I am very excited to see this next winter. I'll be happy to get good seats for that even pay $20 for parking LOL.
    What is the Bel Canto concert you mention?

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    Retirement facilities can be great if you're lucky. I live in a senior apartment complex in Ashland, Oregon, and have nice neighbors, but none of them know anything about music, so I'm forced to come here, try to talk about Wagner, and watch the threads get shut down because some people would rather talk about Hitler.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Curiously, I just moved to Seattle and am going to start attending the opera here. My first performance is a Eugene Onegin in 10 days.

    I am sure I would have appreciated the Wagner focus under Jenkins, but I am looking forward to what Christina Scheppelmann does.

    I missed the 2020/21 season being announced; it's not that compelling (but Cav/Pag has a good cast, at least) but I'm sure I'll get a subscription. I am really excited about the Angela Meade/Jamie Barton concert in October; I just saw Jamie Barton in recital and she was wonderful.




    What is the Bel Canto concert you mention?
    The Meade and Barton. I am assuming it will be lots of Bel Canto. I forgot it will probably maybe have some Aida scenes. I saw Barton in a small hall of just 500 seats and her voice was ginormous in that space. She is a great recitalist. Lots of personality.

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    The last time I was in the opera house was February 2013 for Parsifal at the Met. That may well have been my last opera performance. I come from Southeast PA, so the increasing highway tolls, the uncertain traffic delays, the parking ($38 my last visit, so $20 sounds like a good deal), dinner at nearby restaurants, the ticket price itself – all became a bit much for my wallet.

    The main thing that changed for me though, was that I turned decidedly against postmodern productions. These have been few at the Met, but they have been creeping into the newer productions, like that Parsifal. Everyone else raved about it, but I was unimpressed.

    I’m also going to fewer HD performances. I’m planning to make the March Dutchman, and that will be the only one I see this season.

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    I first went in the 1970's and had the great fortune of seeing Nilsson as Isolde and in several Ring operas. But then came old age and the miracle of Youtube and am happily watching all I want from the comforts of home. Is it the same? Not at all. I'll recall always how Nilsson's voice soared into the Met audience, but am happy with the memories at least!

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    Quote Originally Posted by txtrnl341 View Post
    I first went in the 1970's and had the great fortune of seeing Nilsson as Isolde and in several Ring operas. But then came old age and the miracle of Youtube and am happily watching all I want from the comforts of home. Is it the same? Not at all. I'll recall always how Nilsson's voice soared into the Met audience, but am happy with the memories at least!
    My experience to the letter, though I saw Nilsson only in Tristan (1972) and Gotterdammerung. The former was an unfortunate evening in that her Tristan, Helge Brilioth, lost his voice at the start of act 3 and had to grunt and gesticulate through his delirium. It was terribly anticlimactic despite a splendid Liebestod from Birgit. Were you fortunate enough to see her with Vickers in 1974?

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    Yes, that's exactly the Tristan I saw. I also saw Gwyneth Jones as well but it was an off night for her. My companion and I exchanged glances as she hit her first big note with the vibrato hitting sharp, and it went on all night long. Your experience with the tenor is very unfortunate as act 3 is so wonderful-when it's wonderfully done. But I'm going to be blasphemous here and say not a fan of Vickers. He's a wonderful singer but the sound of his voice just strikes my ear unpleasantly. Does that explanation make sense to you?

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    If you get this please know I tried to answer you once and it, for whatever reason, wouldn't send it-something about waiting 30 seconds so I tried and nothing happened. So I won't repeat unless this gets through-I hope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by txtrnl341 View Post
    If you get this please know I tried to answer you once and it, for whatever reason, wouldn't send it-something about waiting 30 seconds so I tried and nothing happened. So I won't repeat unless this gets through-I hope!
    This came through. Do try again.

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