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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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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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June 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Seattle Symphony, players agree on contract extension

This just in: The Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization have agreed to a three-year contract extension, through Aug. 31, 2018. The current contract was set to expire Aug. 31, 2015; the agreement comes 14 months ahead of schedule. That undoubtedly will smooth the way for new Seattle Opera general…


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August 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Weekend preview: Norse gods, hydros and cowboy boots

Picture a Norse god riding a hydroplane, with a country-music soundtrack playing in the background. That’s what this coming weekend would look like if you took the region’s major arts and entertainment events and mashed them together. Seattle Opera’s “Ring” cycle; the Seafair festival; the Watershed Music Festival — these are just some of the events…


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July 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

ArtsFund grants more than $2.5 million to Northwest nonprofits

Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch reports: Seattle’s ArtsFund, an organization dedicated to “supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grantmaking,” is distributing $2,558,290 in grants to 59 nonprofit arts groups in King and Pierce counties for fiscal 2013. That’s an 8 percent increase over last year.   Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Northwest Ballet and More

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April 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

8 ways to experience classical music in 7 days

  An unusually rich string of concerts land on the calendar in the coming days: –Adventurous Vespertine Opera Theater presents a new edition of Poulenc’s “Les Mamelles de Tiresias,” adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. 8 p.m. April 4, Columbia City Theater, Seattle; $20-$25 ( –The Seattle Opera Young Artists Program salutes Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial with…


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