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A Season of Change – A Change of Season

I haven’t posted anything in the last couple of weeks because the Opera has been experiencing so much change recently. And as always, change upsets our rhythm and our routine, so I’ve been reluctant to write about it until now.

Of course it’s the time of year when we’re changing from Summer to Fall and that is to be expected because it’s natural. But sometimes change can be unexpected and quite unsettling. And that’s the kind of change we’re experiencing right now at the Opera because we’ve changed our 2014-15 Season, which is no small thing for any opera company.

We had originally scheduled Gilbert & Sullivan’s ever popular “The Mikado” for the 2015 February production, but because its comic storyline is centered around the satirical theme of beheadings, we simply couldn’t justify doing the show while American, British and French citizens are losing their lives in this barbaric fashion in the Middle East. It was a difficult decision for us to make, but it was one we felt we had to make. So now we’ll be doing another G&S show in the February slot, “HMS Pinafore,” also a fun show and hopefully not nearly so controversial. I’m sad we won’t be doing Mikado because I love the show, but it’s just not the right time for it now. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to Pinafore and know it’s going to be great fun.



It’s hard to believe that summer is pretty much over, the air is getting crisper, school is starting and so is our season. Right after Labor Day is when everything kickstarts for us at the Opera and the company goes into high gear. For me, it’s a time of great excitement and yes, more than a little bit of anxiety – because life in the world of opera is never a sure thing. At the beginning of every new season I always feel like I’m standing on the edge of the cliff getting ready to jump off and hoping that my parachute will open properly. But after I close my eyes, say a little prayer, gulp and make the leap of faith, the parachute opens and the ride is thrilling, so (gulp) …

Here we go!


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For Tacoma Opera, summer is over and the 2014/15 season is here. It’s an exciting season with three wonderful operas, The Magic Flute, The Mikado and Romeo et Juliette and I look forward to keeping you informed on everything surrounding the shows both big and small, so welcome to my blog!

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If you are a past subscriber, don’t forget to mail in your subscription renewal form!  New subscriptions will go on sale July 8th, and your seats will only be held until July 15th.

Here’s a letter from our General Director, inviting you to our fabulous season…

Dear Patrons,

At the performances of last season’s Spring production of La Traviata, I was genuinely excited to announce the upcoming Tacoma Opera 2013/14 season.  The energy, enthusiasm, positive reviews and feedback for the 2012/13 season from you, our patrons, helped shape the coming season’s exciting selection of shows, which I’m certain you’ll want to experience.  And as a past subscriber, the opportunity to share your love of opera with friends and family, young and old, has never been easier, so be sure to renew your subscription now!

Pirates of Penzance is a great introduction to the fast paced, loveable music of Gilbert & Sullivan.  Children and adults alike, love the comedic playfulness of the singers on stage, the costumes and sets, while also enjoying a cultured night out, supporting local artists and artisans.  The Barber of Seville, with its catchy arias and slapstick scenes, offers yet another opportunity to bring your children and grandchildren to the opera!  They remember the familiarity of the music from the Bugs Bunny cartoon, but soon after the show will appreciate the origins of those tunes in Rossini.  For our final production of the season we bring you Madama Butterfly, one of the most beloved operas of all time. Puccini’s masterpiece will bring you to tears, as you share in the sorrow and unrequited love of Cio-Cio-San.  A story that steals the heart of all who watch, another classic that woos the audience with it’s beautiful and moving music.

Our dedication to supporting the best regional musicians and artists has never been stronger and we have a terrific group of performers lined up for the productions, so I hope that you will join us again for all of our productions by re-subscribing for the 2013/14 season now.  Invite your friends, family and neighbors to share in the experience that is Tacoma Opera.

Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you at the Opera!


Noel Koran
General Director
Tacoma Opera