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July 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Opera reports healthy financial news

Seattle Opera announced at its annual meeting Tuesday it expects that its 2013-14 season will have generated a surplus. Growth in donations and ticket sales contributed to the bright fiscal picture, administrators said. Any surplus will be put back into operating reserves. The operating budget for the year was close to $28 million. Attendance for…

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July 16, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Met Opera dispute spills over into Seattle theaters

Things are getting heated between Metropolitan Opera leader Peter Gelb and the various unions that work in the storied New York opera house. Nearly all of the unions’ contracts expire July 31 but given recent developments, there seems to be little hope of amicable agreement. Gelb is asking for cuts to pay and benefits.

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June 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Seattle Opera’s ‘Ring,’ recorded live

The 2013 production of Wagner’s 4-part “Ring” at Seattle Opera was “the best ‘Ring’ I produced in my 31 years with the company,” said the just-about-to-retire Speight Jenkins,  Seattle Opera’s general director. It seems fitting, then, that the opera company chose the acclaimed staging as the first live recording it has ever produced. “Der Ring…

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January 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Is she the next Metropolitan Opera star?

Soprano Nicole Haslett, 24, is the winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Northwest’s Regional Auditions, held Sunday at Benaroya Hall. Haslett, from New Jersey, is currently a participant in the Portland Opera’s Resident Artist program. She receives $5,000 for winning the audition, the $800 Edgar M. Tobin Award from the Met, plus the $500…

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