Seattle Opera’s 50th season ‘one to remember’

During Seattle Opera’s 2014-15 season, leadership will pass from Speight Jenkins, who has been director of Seattle Opera for 31 years, to Aidan Lang.

“Moving from one of Handel’s greatest operas to Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, with casts including some of your favorite singers, the 2014-15 season should be one to remember,” Jenkins said in a press release.

“Although the season has been planned and cast by me, it will be produced by Aidan Lang. I am confident that you will see and enjoy his managerial hand.”

The 2014-2015 subscription season of four operas officially begins in the fall. The season offers subscribers comedy, tragedy, reality and fantasy, in a mix of musical styles and languages.

All performances are in McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center.

The production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in October features French bass Nicolas Cavallier, who returns to Seattle as the dangerously charming title character.

In January 2015, Puccini’s crowd-pleasing masterpiece, “Tosca,” about a fiery diva, an idealistic painter, and a corrupt police chief, features sopranos Ausrine Stundyte and Mary Elizabeth Williams sharing the title role on alternate nights.

Handel’s “Semele” comes to Seattle Opera for the first time in February 2015 with the story of an unsophisticated but ambitious young woman who leaves her origins behind in an attempt to enter the rarified realm of the “beautiful people.”

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe stars as Juno, the goddess bent on teaching the interloper a lesson.

The season concludes in May 2015 with the return of Seattle Opera’s hit production of “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss, which includes indoor fireworks.

To learn more about the upcoming season, including ticket information and artist biographies, go to www.seattleopera.org. Seattle Opera’s ticket office can be reached at 206-389-7676.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Seattle Opera is recognized internationally for its interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner. Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 41 cycles of “The Ring” in addition to productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon.

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