This marks the first season to be programmed by General Director Christina Scheppelmann, one of only a few women to lead a major opera company in North America.
The season starts in August 2020 with one-act operas presented together, both Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci. One of the most accomplished singers on the opera stage today, Gregory Kunde returns to Seattle Opera as Turiddu in Cavalleria, alternating with award-winning Armenian tenor Arsen Soghomonyan. Pagliacci includes the return of Vanessa Goikoetxea, and Joyce El-Khoury as Nedda.
In October 2020, The Elixir of Love returns to Seattle Opera for the first time in over 20 years.
Tenors performing are Liparit Avetisyan, and Matthew Grills as Nemorino.
On Oct. 23, 2020 between Elixir performances, Seattle Opera presents a concert with two internationally acclaimed singers, Angela Meade & Jamie Barton in concert with John Keene, pianist. They return to McCaw Hall following Seattle Opera debuts in Verdi's Il trovatore, and Nabucco. Along with John Keene-pianist and Seattle Opera chorusmaster-the singers will delight audiences in this mixed-genre performance.
Then in January 2021, Seattle Opera presents Mozart's Don Giovanni, including debuts of bass-baritones Daniel Okulitch, and Jared Bybee.
In February 2021, the Seattle Opera will premiere of Flight. Sharing the role of the Refugee with David DQ Lee is American countertenor Randall Scotting.
Seattle Opera's 2020/21 season concludes with Puccini's Tosca. Alternating with Saioa Hernández in the title role is Armenian soprano Karine Babajanyan.