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Our 2020 / 2021 Season

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved our Spring 2020 production of Iolanthe to Fall 2020.
The rest of the 2020-2021 Season is as originally announced

Fall 2020


by Gilbert & Sullivan

In Gilbert & Sullivan’s most whimsical and charming operetta,
stuffy old members of Parliament encounter Iolanthe
and the other fancy free fairies of Fairyland,
for one of the merriest musical entertainments of all time.
Great light hearted fun for children of all ages – from nine to ninety.
(Sung in English with English supertitles)

Wednesday, Oct 28 at 7:00pm (Preview)
Friday, Oct 30 at 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 1 at 2:00pm
All performances are at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma
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Winter 2021

Un ballo in maschera

(The Masked Ball)

by Giuseppe Verdi

An opera about political intrigue, unrequited love and murder
One of Verdi’s great dramatic operas that was controversial from the day it premiered in 1859
Last seen in in this area in 2002!
(Sung in Italian with English supertitles)
Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00pm (Preview)
Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 14 at 2:00pm
All performances are at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma

Spring 2021

Orfeo ed Euridice

by Christof Willibald Gluck

Orpheus, the legendary musician and poet from Greek mythology journeys to the Underworld in search of his beloved dead wife, Euridice, to bring her back to life in the real world. This ancient tale was set to sublime music by Gluck in one of the most influential operas of all time. Known as a reform opera, this mid 18th century opera paved the way for all the great operas of the late 18th and 19th centuries.
(Sung in Italian with English supertitles)
Wednesday, April at 7 14:00pm (Preview)
Friday, April 16 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 18 at 2:00pm
All performances are at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma
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Fun Quotes about Opera
“Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.” ~ Terry Pratchett (English Author)
“No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” ~ W. H. Auden (Anglo-American Poet)
“The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral” ~ H.L. Mencken (American Journalist, Satirist and Critic)
“I’d hate this to get out but I really like opera” ~ Ford Frick (American Sportswriter)