Friday, July 10, 2009

Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung
Named Favorite Opera of 2008/09

Bluebeard's Castle - Photo By Rozarii LynchThe votes are in, and Bluebeard’s Castle with Erwartung was Seattle Opera audiences’ favorite production of the season! You loved François Racine’s “jaw-dropping” staging of Robert LePage’s production, the performances of John Relyea, Malgorzata Walewska, and Susan Marie Pierson, the lighting design of Robert Thomson, and the overall “impeccable performances by everyone involved.” As commenter Tony Kay said, “Bluebeard and Erwartung was, simply put, one of the most hypnotic nights I’d ever had at the opera. Just stunning.”

In a close second was The Marriage of Figaro, which commenter Michelle called “lively and full of humor that had the audience laughing out loud while capturing the tremendous beauty of Mozart’s arias.” Read all the comments here.

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful season and for sharing your impressions with us! We’re deep in Ring mode here, but also eagerly anticipating next season. We hope to see you at McCaw Hall again soon!


  1. I'm proud our opera company had the guts to present Bluebeard/Erwartung at a time when other arts companies are taking the easy way out. Yay, Seattle Opera! And thank you for introducing me to these two operas with such amazing productions and fabulous voices!

  2. I agree with Rosie. I guess I fit in because Bluebeard/Erwartung were my favorites too....especially Bluebeard (as was said before visually it blew me away). How lucky we are to have Seattle Opera in what is essentially a regional city.