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Madison Leonard (Gilda) and Lester Lynch (Rigoletto) © Sunny Martini
Seattle

Timelessly timely: a dark and damning Rigoletto in Seattle

By , 10 August 2019
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Seattle

Intriguing Voyage Out anchored by 19th-century delights in Seattle

By , 15 July 2019
****1
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Seattle

Strong chamber performances win admiration in Seattle

By , 03 July 2019
***11
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Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Beloved Maestro conducts arresting farewell concert

By , 22 June 2019
*****
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Lindsi Dec, Steven Loch, Joshua Grant and Elizabeth Murphy in The Moor’s Pavane © Angela Sterling
Seattle

Balanchine, Limón and an emerging choreographer close PNB season

By , 31 May 2019
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Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen) © Sunny Martini
Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson's sultry Carmen: the ultimate good-time girl in Seattle

By , 04 May 2019
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Avi Avital © Guy Hecht
Seattle

Baroque-style in Seattle, but unusual, unfamiliar and refreshing

By , 03 May 2019
***11
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Ezra Thomson (Bottom) and Laura Tisserand (Titania) in Balanchine's Dream © Angela Sterling
Seattle

Pure eye-candy: a dream of a Dream in Seattle

By , 12 April 2019
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Bach meets Harbison in the Land of Shostakovich

By , 23 March 2019
****1
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F. Romanini
Seattle

Poetry and politics: Sir András Schiff does double duty with Seattle Symphony

By , 28 February 2019
*****
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David Fallis and ensemble © Thomas May
Seattle

A fuller Monty: Early Music Seattle presents a splendid Monteverdi Christmas Vespers

By , 22 December 2018
****1
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges
Seattle

Kanneh-Mason gives royal performance in Seattle

By , 20 October 2018
***11
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Morlot shows true French colors in Seattle

By , 29 September 2018
****1
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Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

By , 11 August 2018
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Thomas Dausgaard © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Dausgaard and Seattle Symphony take on an early Sibelius epic

By , 31 May 2018
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Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Seattle

A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

By , 05 May 2018
***11
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Perséphone © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Morlot and Seattle Symphony bring underrated Stravinsky to dazzling life

By , 26 April 2018
*****
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Ludovic Morlot © Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Seattle

Morlot conducts in Seattle, with and without heroes

By , 10 February 2018
***11
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Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondahl
Seattle

Dausgaard shows the wisdom of Seattle Symphony's choice

By , 27 January 2018
***11
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Morlot and the Seattle Symphony present a rediscovery and a première

By , 06 January 2018
****1
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Will Liverman © Fletcher Artist Management
Seattle

Messiah is Seattle Symphony’s “Glory to God”

By , 16 December 2017
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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
Seattle

Gerstein and Debus are a sensation in Seattle

By , 02 December 2017
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Berlioz's Requiem in Seattle © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Strange beauty: grandiosity and intimacy in Seattle Symphony's Grande messe des morts

By , 09 November 2017
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Seattle

Morlot conjures fantastical Berlioz with the Seattle Symphony

By , 04 November 2017
***11
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Gidon Kremer © Paolo Pellegrin
Seattle

An evening of Mendelssohn and Schumann with the Seattle Symphony and Gidon Kremer

By , 12 October 2017
****1
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Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Seattle Symphony © Carlin Ma
Seattle

Giancarlo Guerrero leads Seattle Symphony into its new season with Mahler

By , 23 September 2017
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Alexey Dolgov (Pinkerton) and Lianna Haroutounian (Cio-Cio-San) © Jacob Lucas
Seattle

Trying to rethink Madama Butterfly at Seattle Opera

By , 05 August 2017
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Seattle Symphony and Seattle Symphony Chorale © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Mahler's Fifth by way of Ligeti in Seattle

By , 24 June 2017
****1
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Thomas Dausgaard © Per Morten Abrahamsen
Seattle

Thomas Dausgaard and Seattle Symphony climb Strauss' magic mountain

By , 15 June 2017
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Michèle Losier and the Seattle Symphony © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Morlot in his element for L’Enfant et les sortilèges

By , 03 June 2017
****1
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Christina Poulitsi (Queen of the Night) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Seattle Opera's Magic Flute as enchanting as ever

By , 06 May 2017
***11
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Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Seattle

“More Light! More Light!” Morlot and the Seattle Symphony tackle Beethoven's Fifth

By , 23 March 2017
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Hilary Hahn © Michael Patrick O'Leary
Seattle

Hilary Hahn and Ludovic Morlot ignite Seattle

By , 11 February 2017
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Corinne Winters (Violetta) and Joshua Dennis (Alfredo) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Two Violettas in 24 hours: Seattle Opera fields double-casts in Konwitschny's Traviata

By , 14 January 2017
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Seattle begins New Year with Beethoven's Ninth

By , 07 January 2017
***11
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Seattle

Elgar's Dream a transformative experience at Seattle Symphony

By , 03 December 2016
****1
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Sergey Khachatryan © Marco Borggreve
Seattle

Phenomenal technical proficiency: Khachatryan's Sibelius impresses in Seattle

By , 05 November 2016
***11
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John Easterlin (The Witch) © Jacob Lucas
Seattle

Hansel and Gretel at Seattle Opera: Laurent Pelly's cautionary fairy-tale

By , 15 October 2016
****1
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Yo-Yo Ma © Jason Bell
Seattle

Impeccable Haydn from Yo-Yo Ma and Seattle Symphony

By , 14 October 2016
*****
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Xavier Phillips © Musicaglotz
Seattle

Xavier Phillips glows in Elgar with the Seattle Symphony

By , 01 October 2016
*****
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Joyce DiDonato sings at the Seattle Symphony season opener © Carlin Ma
Seattle

The Joyce of Music: Seattle Symphony's opening night

By , 17 September 2016
****1
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Philippe Quint © Jeff Gerew
Seattle

Philippe Quint performs programme of “Bernstein & Beyond” in Seattle

By , 24 June 2016
****1
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Anna Clyne
Seattle

Fascinating rhythms: new music from Anna Clyne and classics by Gershwin and Beethoven make a stimulating mix at the SSO

By , 09 June 2016
****1
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Greer Grimsley (Dutchman) © Philip Newton
Seattle

“It was a dark and stormy night”: Seattle Opera's intensely riveting Flying Dutchman explodes the cliches

By , 07 May 2016
****1
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Lesley Rausch and Jerome Tisserand in Paul Gibson’s Rush © Angela Sterling
Seattle

When choreographers are among dancers: Peck / Cerrudo / Gibson at PNB

By , 19 March 2016
****1
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Joyce El-Khoury makes our Seattle Opera debut in title role of Maria Stuarda © Jacob Lucas
Seattle

Maria Stuarda at Seattle Opera: Donizetti fever rages on from coast to coast

By , 09 March 2016
***11
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Seth Orza as Tybalt and Jonathan Porretta as Mercutio in Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette © Angela Sterling
Seattle

Maillot's Roméo et Juliette at Pacific Northwest Ballet

By , 05 February 2016
****1
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Bernarda Bobro (The Countess) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Arresting aristos make for a fine Figaro in Seattle

By , 16 January 2016
***11
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Chroma © Wes Kim
Seattle

Aurora chorealis: Seattle Pro Musica takes audience on an illuminating yuletide journey

By , 12 December 2015
****1
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Yo-Yo Ma © Jason Bell
Seattle

A chair and a cello: Yo-Yo Ma shows what matters in Seattle

By , 08 December 2015
*****
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