Below we take a look at some photo highlights—most of them by photographer Alan Alabastro—plus a few of our favorite audience tweets from the evening (you can browse through hundreds more here on Twitter). If you snapped photos or have thoughts to share with us, we'd love to know about them. Post here in the comments, drop us a note on Facebook, or send us a tweet!
May 5, 2012:
Seattle Opera's Madama Butterfly simulcast at KeyArena
The buzz for the evening began building early...
Getting ready for #OperaAtKey tonight. Perhaps the most refined Cinco de Mayo I've ever had.— Colleen Toomey (@colleenptoomey) May 5, 2012
...and at 6:00 p.m., the doors to KeyArena opened and the crowd started pouring in.
Pre-show and intermission activities in the lobbies included a station where you could try on costumes from Seattle Opera's costume shop...
...an interactive Origami demonstration...
...and a Green Tea demonstration, complete with samples.
Like movies and sports, opera is better with munchies! Folks grabbed their snacks and settled in for some pre-show entertainment.
Tamiko Terada, Seattle Opera's Annual Fund Associate, was one of many to enjoy a screening of Looney Tunes' "What's Opera, Doc" before the show.
Later, Meg Coyle, Weekend Anchor for KING 5 News and host of the simulcast, gave her introduction.
Then, Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins greeted the audience at both McCaw Hall and KeyArena before the opera began.
Once the curtain rose, many of the people in the audience went to Twitter to share their thoughts and reactions.
Im so much more emotionally connected to CioCioSans devotion and Pinkertons indifference via simulcast version at #OperaAtKey— Cecile Laurence (@cecilelf) May 6, 2012
Mr B F Pinkerton certainly has 'swagger' down #OperaAtKey— Jared H Thomas (@JaredThomasTwp) May 6, 2012
Loving watching Madama Butterfly with smell of French fries all around me #OperaAtKey— Bond Huberman (@bondhuberman) May 6, 2012
In this panoramic photo by Bill Mohn, you can see the the KeyArena audience as they take in Madama Butterfly.
"I gave the soil my tears and it gave me back flowers." wish I had that ph in my garden #OperaAtKey— Kristin Price (@kristinpotpie) May 6, 2012
There were several mentions of six-year-old Gabriella Mercado, profiled in this story by The Everett Herald, who played the role of Butterfly's child...
The kid playing the son is so incredibly endearing. #OperaAtKey— Lisa Fiorito (@adventurama) May 6, 2012
...and shout-outs to the talented group of hair and makeup artists who worked on readying Madama Butterfly for high definition. (You can see part of that process in our video "Creating An Opera Geisha.")
And after the final curtain, the audience made their way home—some sad over the tragic ending, and some looking forward to what next season has in store.
Good thing I brought tissues. #OperaAtKey— Veronique (@VeroniqueEtc) May 6, 2012
On the bus home, a couple previously intimidated by opera was excitedly chatting about getting tickets to La Bohème. Success, #OperaAtKey!— the amateur cineaste (@letterboxed) May 6, 2012
It was certainly a night none of us at Seattle Opera will soon forget, and we want to thank everyone who had a part in making the simulcast such a success!