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Performer: Seattle Opera

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Linking jazz and opera: Charlie Parker's Yardbird in Seattle

Joshua Stewart (Charlie Parker) © Sunny Martini

Composer Daniel Schnyder and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly, both in their Seattle Opera debuts, have done a creditable job of conveying the jazz artist’s lifework.

***11
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A Eugene Onegin that's less than the sum of its parts in Seattle

Marjukka Tepponen (Tatyana) and John Moore (Onegin) © Sunny Martini
Tomer Zvulun's mostly traditional account of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece arrives at Seattle Opera in an attractively staged but underwhelming package.
***11
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Cinderella with a twist in Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson (Cinderella) and Michele Angelini (Don Ramiro) © Sunny Martini
An enchanting production, imaginative, amusing and suitable for children of all ages.
*****
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Timelessly timely: a dark and damning Rigoletto in Seattle

Madison Leonard (Gilda) and Lester Lynch (Rigoletto) © Sunny Martini
Using the misogyny and violence of Rigoletto to hold up a mirror to contemporary corruption, Lindy Hume's production overcomes its inconsistencies with a vivid blend of theatrical and musical values. 
****1
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Costa-Jackson's sultry Carmen in Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen) © Sunny Martini
Good-time girl, hometown sweetheart, torn-apart lover, smugglers and rivals, familiar songs, a cliffhanger of a tale. 
*****
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