Seattle Opera Announces Holiday Chorus Concert

By David Salazar

Seattle Opera has announced that it will present a series of holiday chorus concerts this December.

Slated for Dec. 6, 8, 9, and 10 at the Tagney Jones Hall, the program will feature works by Giuseppe Verdi, Ottorino Respighi, Melinda Bargreen, Pietro Mascagni, Gian Carlo Menotti, Kevin Puts, and P.D.Q. Bach, among others. Michaella Calzaretta conducts. The concert’s duration is 90 minutes.

“This is a unique chance to see the chorus outside of a production and to get to know these artists more intimately,” said Chorus Master Michaella Calzaretta in an official press statement issued by the company. “Our program offers a range of music that highlights the chorus’s power and dynamism, and that won’t be heard anywhere else in Seattle. An opera chorus offers a truly distinct sound world—I think we might surprise some people with the breadth of emotions and styles we’re capable of producing”

“These concerts are a wonderful opportunity to shine a spotlight on a different side of Seattle Opera,” said Seattle Opera General Director Christina Scheppelmann.We have a stellar Chorus Master who has put together a delightfully engaging program, and I’m eager for our audiences to hear it. It’s not often that you get to hear an excellent opera chorus in such an intimate setting without the greater distance that comes with a full production.”

The company also revealed that the Seattle Opera Chorus would embark on a January tour through the Puget Sound region with performances slated for Jan. 26 and 28, 2024.

“It’s thrilling to go out into our community and perform for people who love and support opera. I believe it will inspire us to think about new ways of performing and serving our community through this art form,” Calzaretta added.

The program for the tour will include works by Leoncavallo, Britten, Copland, and Gounod.