Breaking Glass: Hyperlinking Opera & Issues

Breaking Glass: Hyperlinking Opera & Issues

Presented by Seattle Opera

Event Details

  • Jul 28, 2018
  • Free - RSVP requested
  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to the Garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.

Seattle Opera is pleased to collaborate with Glimmerglass Festival for the community forum Breaking Glass: Hyperlinking Opera & Issues. The forum opens a door to frank discussion about the role of art in stimulating public discussion about equity, diversity and inclusion in opera; how art is produced in an increasingly diversified America; who has the right to tell whose story; and what roles social justice plays within the artistic mission of an opera company. Using music from new operas written for Glimmerglass, librettists Tazewell Thompson and Paige Hernandez will talk about the substantive social content in their new operas Blue and Stomping Grounds. Naomi André, author of the newly released book Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement, will explore the changing face of opera from the creation of new work to the casting of roles. With his long-time, Grammy-winning association with Porgy & Bess, Conductor John DeMain also joins the forum. Matthew Morrison from the Clive Davis Institute of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts will moderate the discussion. Other tour sites include: Atlanta, New Orleans, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Cooperstown, Washington DC, and New York City.

Not able to join this event in person? No problem! This event will be livestreamed and more details will be available soon.

The development of Stomping GroundsBlue, and Breaking Glass: Hyper-linking Opera & Issues has been funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Opera America Innovation Grant and Repertoire Development Grant.

This event takes place in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall.

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Event Details

  • Jul 28, 2018
  • Free - RSVP requested
  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to the Garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.