Ravel's Magical Opera

A rare, semi-staged performance of Ravel’s one-act opera. With charming text by the famed French novelist Colette and Ravel’s masterpiece score, L’enfant et les sortilèges (“The Child and the Spells”) is a rich fantasy of fairy tale characters, plants and little animals brought to life. Ravel is the original sampler, combining elements of ragtime, jazz, 18th century dance and lushness. A musical highpoint of the season not to be missed.


Dates and Tickets

  • 1 Jun (Thu) 2017 7:30PM
  • 3 Jun (Sat) 2017 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Presented 1 hour prior to each performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist to follow the Saturday (Jun 3) night concert. Both events free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 52 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ludovic Morlot


The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”

Jan Lisiecki


20-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15. His debut recording on the prestigious label featured Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 & 467 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Christian Zacharias.

Rachele Gilmore


Rachele Gilmore has established herself as one of America's most sought after coloratura sopranos, and continues to thrill audiences around the globe.

Soraya Mafi


Soraya Mafi graduated from the Royal College of Music. A Harewood Artist at English National Opera, she is the winner of the 2014 Maggie Teyte Prize and 2016 Susan Chilcott Award, and won 2nd Prize at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

Delphine Haidan


Holder of a master’s degree in musicology from the Sorbonne, a Prix degree from the CNSM in Paris and many awards from international competitions, Delphine Haidan was trained at the Paris Opera’s Ecole de Chant.

Michèle Losier


Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier has distinguished herself on the most prestigious stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and the Opéra-Comique in Paris. She was recently hailed for her portrayal of Medea at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as having a “great presence” and “brassy voice”.

Allyson McHardy


Mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy’s voice has been described as radiant, dusky, incandescent, and sumptuous; her presence on stages in Canada, the United States and France have drawn comments such as noble, spellbinding, charming and seductive.

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt


Jean-Paul Fouchecourt is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the French baroque repertoire. His performances and over one hundred recordings including works by Rameau, Lully and Campra have received huge acclaim. He has also mastered repertoire from Berlioz to Offenbach, Ravel, Britten and Verdi.

Alexandre Duhamel


Alexandre Duhamel showed an early interest in classical music, singing and theatre. As a teenager, he was part of a troupe in which he played several roles over the period of seven years. Later, he studied journalism at La Sorbonne Université, while continuing his vocal studies with Yves Sotin and later, Malcolm Walker at Paris National Conservatoire. Throughout his studies, he also benefited from the teachings of Malcolm King and Tom Krause. Currently, he is working under the guidance of Susan McCulloch and Alain Fondary.


Alexandre Sylvestre


A native of Québec, Alexandre Sylvestre studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where he successfully obtained the “Premier Prix avec Grande Distinction.” 

Northwest Boychoir

The Northwest Boychoir’s musical sophistication, rich tonal quality, dedication to exacting perfection, and extensive performance schedule have established its reputation as one of the nation’s premier children's choirs.

Seattle Symphony Chorale

The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.

Anne Patterson

Stage Director and Production Designer

Anne Patterson has created incredibly varied works; from technologically advanced performances such as Mercury Soul at New World Symphony, to a production of Cabaret at Arena Stage, to large scale installations.

Jeff Lincoln

Lighting Designer

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





Georges Bizet

Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 9, K.271 "Jeunehomme"

Maurice Ravel

L'enfant et les sortilèges


Support for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges is generously provided by the Judith Fong Music Director’s Fund. Concert sponsorship provided by the Nesholm Family Foundation. Audience development supported by The Wallace Foundation.