While not as popular as other musical performances, one cannot deny that in order to be an opera singer, you need to have incredible talent, and finding that talent can be quite a chore. In Seattle, opera is dominated by the incredible Seattle Opera which offers numerous programs and shows throughout the year. There is a push to make opera more relevant by offering the art form in unlikely locations and unusual themes. Here are five to consider.
Seattle Opera
McCaw Hall
321 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 389.7676

Seattle Opera is premiering the comedy “Count Ory” to begin their new season this August. The story is about the Count and his band of men who scheme their way into a medieval French castle “by means of outrageous disguises, crazy coincidences and narrow escapes.” Though the production is in French, the show will have English subtitles. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be presented at McCaw Hall in downtown Seattle. The show runs August 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 19 and 20, 2016. Tickets start at $25.

Tacoma Opera
Rialto Theater
310 S. 9th St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 627-7789

The Tacoma Opera Association will present “La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini at the Rialto Theater this fall. The opera is about four bohemian artists living in Paris enduring tales of love and loss. “Whether this will be your first opera or you’ve seen it many times before, Puccini’s magic never fails to cast its entrancing spell,” says Tacoma Opera. Performances will be presented on October 29 (7:30 p.m.), November 4 (7:30 p.m.) and 6 (2:00 p.m.).

Skagit Opera
McIntyre Hall
2501 E. College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 610-7249

Skagit Opera is a unique hybrid of professional opera featuring the best regional talent while supplementing the performances with national and even international artists. This fall, the company will present the popular “Carmen” on November 4, 6, 11 and 13. The performance will be sung in French, but will offer English subtitles as well. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday nights and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

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Opera On Tap
Various Locations

Opera on Tap was created in 2005 with the concept of providing the art form in various locations. The Seattle chapter aims to educate the public on culture and the arts by providing classically trained singers and musicians in local bars and taverns. The performances are not “watered down,” but there is a strong emphasis on making them fun in hopes of creating new fans of the art form. Opera on Tap has performances scheduled almost every week. Visit the website for the current information on where the group will be performing next.

Puget Sound Concert Opera
Cavalleria Rusticana

Puget Sound Concert Opera is always looking for more singers, and if you act quickly, you might be able to join in on the upcoming performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” in the fall. If you are interested, you’ll need to send a resume or bio of your experience. Otherwise, see the show on October 8 at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church (411 156th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98007) or on October 9 at the Music Center of the Northwest (901 North 96th St., Seattle, WA 98103).

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.