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Seattle Opera's 2013/14 season to celebrate 50 years


The Seattle Opera will begin its 50th anniversary season with performances of Wagner’s "Ring" this summer, followed by a subscription series of four operas featuring a variety of comedy and tragedy, reality and fantasy.

The opera's anniversary celebration climaxes in August 2014 with the International Wagner Competition and a special celebration honoring Speight Jenkins, the company’s general director since 1983.

“For my final season at Seattle Opera, I am delighted to present singers who have thrilled our audience time and again in recent years,” Jenkins said.

The subscription season opens with Donizetti’s light-hearted romantic comedy La fille du régiment. In January 2014 comes Verdi’s tragic tale of revenge, Rigoletto. A powerful American work, new to the Seattle Opera stage, comes next. Gian Carlo Menotti’s "The Consul" won the Pulitzer Prize following its premiere in 1950. The season concludes with Seattle Opera’s production of Jacques Offenbach’s "Les contes d’Hoffmann."

Tickets to the competition and concert are now available for season subscribers.

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