Unleash your inner diva - Sing Along with Seattle Opera on May 22, Wagner Bicentennial

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Singers of any age, voice type, and ability are invited to join Seattle Opera on May 22 at the Seattle Center Armory for a fun, free community sing-along in celebration of Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday.

The evening also includes a costume contest; to compete, simply show up dressed as a favorite character from Der Ring des Nibelungen. And both men and women are encouraged to share their best (or most creative) rendition of Brünnhilde’s famous “Hojotoho” war cry. Celebrity judges, including Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins, will award prizes for best costume and best “Hojotoho.” Admission is free, and yes—there will be cake!

“What fun we’ll have celebrating the human voice, and the wild characters of our signature work, Wagner’s Ring, on the composer’s bicentennial,” says Sue Elliott, Director of Education at Seattle Opera.  “Everyone is welcome—from those who’ve never before sung a note in public to professional singers.  Unleash your inner diva and join us for an unforgettable night of music and joy.”

The celebration begins at 7:00pm and goes until 8:30pm (registration from 6:00pm to 7:00pm). If you prefer to come prepared, register in advance and receive a link to the music (scores, pronunciation guide, and recorded excerpts).

Seattle Opera Chorusmaster Beth Kirchhoff will lead all participants in the Wedding March from Lohengrin, the Entrance of the Guests from Tannhäuser, the Carnevals-Lied from Das Liebesverbot, and — in honor of Verdi’s bicentennial, also this year — the “Libiamo” from La traviata.  Cake donated by New Renaissance Cakes.  Email for more information.


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