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Charlie Parker's Yardbird

Charlie Parker's Yardbird

Presented by Seattle Opera

Event Details

  • Feb 22 - Mar 7 , 2020
  • Lobby - 2.5 hours prior to show time
  • Seattle Opera's Box Office:
    206-389-7676

    Single tickets on sale May 22, 2019. Purchase tickets as part of a season subscription here.

  • 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.

  • Call 206-615-0404 to make your reservation at Prelude.

Music by Daniel Schnyder
Libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly

Finding himself in a deserted limbo, the ghost of tormented jazz great and bebop innovator Charlie “Yardbird” Parker struggles to complete one last masterpiece. In a series of flashbacks, the legendary saxophonist remembers the heyday of famous New York City jazz club Birdland and revisits the demons, inspirations, and women who have fueled and hindered his creative genius.

“Marked by long melismatic phrases and highly virtuosic and individualized vocal ornamentation, the pyrotechnic vocal displays in bel canto draw a direct parallel to the rapid fire musical lines of jazz” (The Daily Beast). The dreamlike score for 7 voices and 24-piece classical orchestra showcases the unexpected pairing of a flexible operatic tenor with the fluid, improvisational spirit of bebop: a match made in music heaven.

In English with English Subtitles 
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, with no intermission

Event Showings


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Event Details

  • Feb 22 - Mar 7 , 2020
  • Lobby - 2.5 hours prior to show time
  • Seattle Opera's Box Office:
    206-389-7676

    Single tickets on sale May 22, 2019. Purchase tickets as part of a season subscription here.

  • 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.

  • Call 206-615-0404 to make your reservation at Prelude.