Angela Meade, Leah Crocetto & Steve Jobs Headline Seattle Opera’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Seattle Opera has announced its 2018-19 season featuring five fully staged works.

The season opens on August 11, 2018, with George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” Angel Blue stars as Bess alternating with Elizabeth Llewellyn while Alfred Walker and Kevin Short will alternate the role of Porgy. Lester Lynch and May Elizabeth Williams round out the cast. Francesca Zambello directs the production, which will be conducted by John Demain. The opera will be presented nine times.

Then on Oct. 13 Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of a Screw” will open with Elizabeth Caballero, Maria Zifchak, Marcy Sonikas, and Ben Bliss. Constantin Trinks makes his Seattle Opera debut conducting all seven performances.

Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” will open on Jan. 12, 2019, with Angela Meade in her Seattle debut and Leah Crocetto alternating the role of Leonora. Issachah Savage and Martin Muehle alternate the role of Manrico while Elena Gabouri and Nora Sourouzian, in her company debut, alternate Azucena. Lester Lynch and Michael Mayes sing De Luna. Carlo Montanaro conducts the new production. The production will run for eight performances.

Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” makes its Seattle Opera debut on Feb. 23. The opera will be represented seven times in Kevin Newbury’s acclaimed production, which made its world premiere at the  Santa Fe Opera. John Moore and Emily Fons star in the leading roles.

The season concludes on May 4 with Bizet’s “Carmen” in Paul Curran’s new production. Ginger Costa-Jackson and Zanda Svede share the title role. Tenor Adam Smith makes his Seattle debut as Don Jose with Rodion Pogossov as Escamillo. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts all eight performances.