Seattle Opera presents entertaining and insightful previews and lectures about the operas they produce every season. Get an inside look as you discover the beauty of opera or deepen your personal connection to the enjoyment of the opera.
There are many ways to enjoy opera for free in Seatte: Live broadcasts from the Seattle Opera stage of McCaw Hall, community performances, family events, live broadcasts from the opera stage, and other special events are free and everyone is welcome.
In addition, there are ways to attend live opera for as little as $20. Details of these opportunities are listed below.
About Seattle Opera
Since 1963, Seattle Opera has built a reputation as a leading opera company, recognized in the United States as well as around the world. Seattle Opera is especially known for its acclaimed works of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring.
The company is committed to advancing the cultural life in the Pacific Northwest with opera productions of the highest caliber, and through innovative education and community programs that take opera far beyond the McCaw Hall stage at Seattle Center.
Each year, more than 95,000 people attend Seattle Opera performances and programs designed for people of all ages.
2019/2020 Seattle Opera season
- Rigoletto. Aug. 10–28, 2019 Verdi’s popular melodrama pairs famous music with a tale of lechery, betrayal, and revenge as a bitter minion faces off against his powerful boss.
- Cinderella. Oct. 19–Nov. 1, 2019. Rossini’s adaptation of the rags-to-riches story delights with sparkling music, cheeky humor, and beautiful large-scale sets and costumes.
- Three Singing Sisters. November 2, 2019. Optional Add-On: The Costa-Jackson sisters take the stage for a mixed-genre recital featuring opera arias, Broadway melodies, Neapolitan songs, and more.
- Eugene Onegin. Jan. 11–25, 2020. This opulent Russian romance follows a young woman’s infatuation with a dashing, restless noblemen in a tale of love unfulfilled, set to Tchaikovsky’s lush and lyrical music.
- Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Feb. 22–Mar. 7, 2020. The ghost of the legendary jazz great and bebop innovator revisits the demons, inspirations, and women of his life as he struggles to complete one last masterpiece.
- La Bohème. May 2–19, 2020. A smash hit for over a century, Puccini’s profoundly romantic opera about four young Parisians who sacrifice everything for art and love is sure to touch your heart.
Free live broadcasts of Seattle Opera productions
Tune into 98.1 KING FM Classic Radio every Saturday during the season for live broadcasts from the stage of McCaw Hall. A Seattle Opera curator leads you through this marvelous listening journey. Recording details are posted at king.org. Upcoming live broadasts:
- Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:00 PM. Delayed broadcast of Rossini’s enchanting Cinderella.
- Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:00 PM. Delayed broadcast of Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s story of love unfulfilled.
- Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:00 PM. Delayed broadcast of the jazz-infused Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.
- Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:00 PM. Delayed broadcast of Puccini’s profoundly romantic opera, La bohème.
On other Saturdays, enjoy other full-length Seattle opera recordings, as well as live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Free Seattle Opera Events
Seattle Opera community events are held at various locations around Puget Sound. These free events are announced throughout the year. Upcoming events:
- Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM at the Opera Center, 363 Mercer St., SEATTLE, WA 98109. Free admission. Between performances as the heroine in Cinderella, Irish-Canadian Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta leads a masterclass for a select group of singers from the Seattle Opera Teen Vocal Studio. Audience members are welcome to observe the training process as these young singers learn from the world-renowned mezzo-soprano and Seattle Opera star. This unique event is free and open to the public. It will last about two hours.
Opera Sing-alongs are fun, educational events held throughout the year. No prior singing experience is required.
How to get cheap tickets to Seattle Opera
$20 Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets are available for all performances at McCaw Hall for $20 per person, however tickets are very limited. Standing room is in the back of the Orchestra. You do, literally, stand throughout the performance. You may not sit in any unoccupied seats, but there is a padded rail to lean against. Also be aware that the English translations are not visible from the standing room location. Standing room tickets are not available online. Standing room tickets become available on the day of the performance or, for Sunday performances, one day before. To purchase standing room tickets, call the Ticket Office at 206.389.7676 or visit the administrative offices at 1020 John Street on the day of the show starting when the ticket office opens (9:00 a.m. for weekday performance days; noon for Saturday performance days).
$35 tickets for every performance at McCaw Hall are available in the Second Tier Side Upper (unless otherwise specified). These seats typically sell out quickly so purchase them as far in advance as possible.
$43 and up when you buy Season Tickets. Season tickets are available for 3, 4, or all 5 operas starting at just $43 per opera (5-opera season ticket on Wednesday, 2nd Tier). Benefits include flexible exchanges, interest-free payment plans, behind-the-scenes events, and other special offers. All it takes is $20 down to place your order, then use the interest-free payment plans to pay in automatic installments through July, two weeks before the first performance. Free parking when you purchase season tickets before the July deadline.
Student, Senior, & Arts Industry members may join the SO Rush program to purchase a discount ticket to selected performances–students for $25 and Seniors for $45. There’s a bunch of fine print on this, so read carefully and follow instructions.
Teen Tix. Seattle Opera is also a proud participant in Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program. When available, enrolled teens can purchase opera tickets for $5 on the day of the performance, one ticket per member. Subject to availability and only available when Student and Senior Rush tickets are also available; so check the Student and Senior Rush availability on the Seattle Opera website. Day-of-show ticket availability at Seattle Opera is often limited, so call the ticket office in early in the day to ask whether there will be Teen Tix tickets available. Because Seattle Opera does not conduct regular box office hours on Sundays, Teen Tix members who wish to purchase tickets for a Sunday performance may call to purchase tickets on the Saturday prior to the Sunday performance they wish to see.
Adults age 21-39 are invited to join Seattle Opera BRAVO! young professionals group and save up to 50% off single ticket prices.
Military personnel and Teachers with valid ID save 15% with promo code on single tickets to any Seattle Opera mainstage performance at McCaw Hall. Subject to availability.
“Family Day” matinee. For specially designated performances, students 18 and under in the company of an adult pay only $20 for almost any seat. Family Days also feature special student-oriented activities before the performance and/or during intermission, such as a costume dress-up station or the chance to interact with members of the chorus and orchestra. Valid student ID or proof of age is required for entry. At least one full price adult ticket must be purchased with EVERY student ticket order. There is some other fine print. Upcoming Family Day performances are:
- Cinderella: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM
- La bohème: Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM
For more information on any of these Seattle Opera discount ticket options, visit https://www.seattleopera.org/tickets/ways-to-save/.
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