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Problematic Done Right at Seattle Opera’s Cosí fan Tutte

Problematic Done Right at Seattle Opera’s Cosí fan Tutte

My daughter was scandalized when she saw the Seattle Opera poster for “Cosí fan Tutte – Mozart’s Comedy About Sex.” She was even more scandalized when she found out I had tickets. If I’ve been doing my job right as a parent, I think the plot would offend her as much as it did the…

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My Favorite Opera: The Barber of Seville at Seattle Opera

My Favorite Opera: The Barber of Seville at Seattle Opera

I think The Barber of Seville might be my favorite opera. The only thing that detracted from my enjoyment when I watched it last weekend was that every scene made me think, “I wish I’d brought my kids.” Because every single scene is so delightful, so funny, so beautiful, I hated for them to miss…

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American Dream Inversion

American Dream Inversion

Seattle Opera is one of Seattle’s biggest, most “establishment” arts organizations, but they are appropriately progressive to our left-coast city, relative to other major opera companies around the country. American Dream is the perfect example. I’m a little late in talking about American Dream, since I attended the very last performance. I think it’s still…

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Madama Butterfly at Seattle Opera

Madama Butterfly at Seattle Opera

At Seattle Opera’s panel on race and representation in Madame Butterfly, one of the younger speakers asked why anyone would even bother trying to redeem such an opera. The obvious answer was, “The music!” but a part of me felt a little guilty for perpetuating one of those “classics” that should be allowed to die…

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Seattle Opera Confronts the Ugly Side of Madame Butterfly

Seattle Opera Confronts the Ugly Side of Madame Butterfly

I was excited to hear that Seattle Opera was performing Madame Butterfly because I love Puccini’s music and Butterfly is one of the most famous operas ever written. I didn’t know the opera was controversial for its racist depiction of the Japanese – especially its promulgation of the stereotype that Japanese women are suicidal, subservient…

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