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X: The Powerful Voice of Malcolm X’s Legacy

The name Malcolm X has always been met with polarizing opinions, from those who praised him as a revolutionary to those who despised him as an extremist. His tragic assassination nearly 60 years ago is proof of this perspective, leaving him both the martyr and the villain. Yet, it is for this reason that, despite being an extremely relevant cultural icon, Malcolm X has always been severely misunderstood.

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Seattle Opera’s Alcina: Narcissistic Fantasies Undone- Too late to see it but an interesting production

Seattle Opera recently presented George Frederick Handel’s opera Alcina (the final performance was October 28), directed by Tim Albery. This was the company’s first staging of Alcina, although Seattle Opera has staged other Handel operas including Xerxes, Semele, and Giulio Cesare. Scenic and Costume Designer Hannah Clark placed the action in an unidentifiable time and place; characters wear contemporary dress and lounge on modern furniture, but accessorize with magic staffs, swords, and bits of Renaissance-era armor.

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Seattle Opera Open House- De-Mystifying Opera

OPERA CENTER OPEN HOUSE

Head down to the Opera Center for their next FREE Open House. This is your opportunity to explore the great work that happens at the Opera Center!
At the Open House, you’ll find:
• Performances by Seattle Opera Resident Artists and Teen Vocal Studio
• Children’s activities like crafts, costume try-on, and activities with Seattle Children’s Theatre
• A tour of the Costume Shop with the Props department to learn more about these critical pieces of opera
• Performance by Lowbrow Opera Collective presenting Achilles and Patroclus, originally commissioned by Seattle Opera as part of the 2021 Jane Lang Davis Creation Lab ( see Drama in the Hood’s review https://www.dramainthehood.net/2023/05/mor-than-friends-lowbrow-opera-collective/)

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Bound-Chamber Opera at Tagney-Jones Hall

A Truly American Opera

Like Lowbrow Opera Collective, Seattle Opera is de-museumifying opera and producing some interesting chamber opera with living, breathing, in the flesh composers and librettists whose subjects are not 18th century Viennese noblemen (much as I like those operas) but about truly American experiences such as immigration. A chamber opera, Bound, which opened this weekend in the intimate space at Tagney-Jones Hall, was just such an opera.

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Preview-A Letter to the President Film Screening. Seattle Opera’s focus on Afghan Arts

Seattle Opera and SIFF present Film about Women in Afghanistan

Presented in partnership with SIFF, A Letter to the President is the second feature film by Afghan film producer, director, and A Thousand Splendid Suns director, Roya Sadat. Called a “righteously compelling feminist drama” by Variety, the film was Afghanistan’s entry for Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Oscars. Includes post-film Q&A with director Roya Sadat.

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Preview Jashin: A Celebration of Afghan Arts at Tagney-Jones Hall-Seattle Opera

Celebrate Afghan Culture: Music, Poetry, Film and Crafts

Spend your afternoon at the Opera Center and experience a cultural festival to celebrate Afghan history, culture, and arts. This is an open event and you can come anytime from 1:00–5:30 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Presentations and performances will be ongoing!

Between 1 pm and 4 pm there will be an exhibition of rescued artworks and craft display. Also a presentation of “Afghan Cinema Today,” by director Roya Sada, a poetry ready by Shogofa Amini, a documentary, “Symphony of Courage”, the story of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and Zohra Orchestra, Afghanistan’s first all-female ensemble

Later in the afternoon there will be an unveiling of an embroidery project by local Afghan women in partnership with the Refugee Artisan Initiative and a concert by Ustad Homayoun Sakhi on Afghanistan’s National Instrument the Rubab, a stringed instrument.

Jashin Seattle Opera Tagney Jones Hall, 363 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109 Sat, Feb 11 1pm to 5:30pm. Free event, RSVP’s encouraged. For full schedule see Seattle Opera.org/jashin

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Preview-Kipling’s beloved Jungle Book as an Opera

The Jungle Book as an Opera

This weekend, Seattle Opera presents a production of The Jungle Book, by the Youth Opera Project. This unique take on the familiar tale, by Rudyard Kipling, is based on both Eastern and Western classical music traditions and focuses on how the wolf pack welcomes Mowgli into their fold in this beautiful story of compassion, justice, and forgiveness. There are a limited number of tickets for the four performances, with music by Kamala Sankaram, libretto by Kelley Rourke, Directed by Robert Shampain and Gemma Balinbin.

The Jungle Book
. Youth Opera Project, Seattle Opera, Tagney-Jones Hall at the Opera Center. Seattle Center. 305 Harrison, Seattle, WA 98109. Feb 3, 4, Fri, Sat 7:00pm. Feb 4,5, Sat, Sun matinée 2 pm. Tickets: Audience Services (206) 389-7676

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