Skagit Opera's 2015-2016 season features "Patrons Picks," the result of having canvassed some of our most loyal patrons as to their favorite operas. Coincidentally, both operas have connections to the great German Romantic composer, Richard Wagner.
Opening Night Gala Dinner & Auction Celebrate with us opening night at McIntyre Hall with a special catered theme dinner and auction of the paintings by Susan Bennerstrom from which our set design was based. The proceeds for this dinner and auction help support Skagit Opera. Tickets are $75 each. Dinner includes salad, main course, dessert and wine. Menu and evening schedule listed below.
By Vincenzo Bellini, sung in Italian with English supertitles Performed at McIntyre Hall
Who ever heard of an opera called "Norma"? Richard Wagner, for one. After conducting it in 1837, Wagner said he considered Norma "the most perfect example of a musical tragedy" and "If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it is nothing to be ashamed of."
Think of Norma as the Druid Aida: two women who are friends discover they are in love with the same man. With its ferocious vocal and dramatic demands, Norma is one of the most difficult roles in opera. Composed by Bellini, a leading composer of the early 19th century Italian Bel Canto -- literally "beautiful singing"-- style, it was one of Maria Callas' favorite and most famous roles.
The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Running time is 3 hours with one intermission
April 8, Friday at 7:30pm - Gala Dinner at 5:30pm April 10, Sunday at 3:00pm April 15, Friday at 7:30pm April 17, Sunday at 3:00pm
Norma - Kristina Kowalski Pollione - Todd Wilander Adalgisa - Jordan McClellan Oroveso - Jonathan Silva Clothilde - Rebecca Peterson Flavio - Mathew Habib Conductor - Clinton Smith Stage Director - Tanya Kane-Parry
Purchase tickets online at mcintyrehall.org or call 360-416-7727. Tickets: $25-59
Free Pre-Performance Lecture 45 minutes prior to the show come and hear about the performance, history, costumes, and more.
Opening Night Gala Dinner 6pm, $75 (doors open at 5:30)
Discounts: Friday Date Night Discount: Two for the price of one for ages 35 and under to Friday evening performances McIntyre Hall CYO Subscription Discounts: 10% off, 15% off & 20% off Military Discount: 20% Student Ticket: 1/2 price Group Discount: 20%-group of 20+ 10%-group of 10+