Seattle Opera’s 2018–2019 season will offer five operas ranging from classic favorites to contemporary works. The lineup includes two American works written over 80 years apart: Porgy and Bess and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.
The Gershwin opera heads to the Washington venue August 11–25. The cast will include Alfred Walker and Kevin Short sharing the role of Porgy with Angel Blue (who made her Metropolitan Opera debut this season in La Bohème) and Elizabeth Llewellyn singing Bess. The Francesca Zambello production, hailing from Glimmerglass Opera, also features costumes by Hamilton Tony winner Paul Tazewell. Garnett Bruce will stage the Seattle engagement.
Benjamin Britten’s haunting The Turn of the Screw will appropriately lead up to Halloween, running October 13–27. The cast includes Elizabeth Caballero, Ben Bliss, Maria Zifchak, Marcy Stonikas, and Soraya Mafi. Peter Kazaras will direct.
Il Trovatore will follow January 12–26, 2019. Sharing the role of the Verdi heroine Lenora are Leah Crocetto and Angela Meade (set to appear in the Met’s Semiramide in February).
The (Revolution of Steve Jobs), composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell’s operatic exploration of the Apple visionary, will run February 23–March 9. The production, directed by Kevin Newbury, made its world premiere at Santa Fe Opera last year. John Moore will take on the title role in Seattle.
The season will conclude May 4–18 with Paul Curran’s staging of the Bizet favorite Carmen, with a cast led by Ginger Costa-Jackson and Zanda Švēde.
Seattle Opera’s current season continues with Mozart’s Così fan tutte, beginning January 13 at McCaw Hall.