Music – Laura Karpman
Libretto – Kelley Rourke
Inspired by the stories of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, Wilde Tales weaves together several of the author’s stories into a colorful and heartwarming parable that reminds us all that true beauty lies in the way we treat one another. This exciting presentation of the Youth Opera Project is performed by youth ages 7–18 and is perfect for audiences of all ages. Originally commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival in 2016.
The Swallow and his feathered friends travel the world, visiting the most beautiful and remote destinations. The flock passes through a small town, where the locals are preparing a festival to unveil a gilded statue of a beautiful Prince. The arrogant fireworks quibble over who will steal the show and impress the mayor. After the festival, the birds get ready to take flight once again, but the Swallow is distracted when the statue suddenly comes to life. The Prince, seeing the downtrodden townsfolk struggling to survive, asks the Swallow to stay behind and deliver gifts to those in need. Observing the charity of the Prince and his new friend, the fireworks and other townsfolk newly realize the importance of generosity and empathy.
Seattle Opera is committed to providing equitable access to the arts. Financial assistance is available.
Tickets: $15 ($5 ages 18 & under). Nobody will be turned away for inability to pay.