The beauty and drama of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony is alternately awe-inspiring and uplifting, with the Ode to Joy the crowning jewel atop this transformative piece. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the ages is a wonderful way to end the year.
In the past few seasons, Grammy-nominated conductor Alastair Willis has guest conducted orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Rio de Janeiro, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, China National Orchestra (Beijing), and Silk Road Ensemble (with Yo-Yo Ma) among others.
Principal Violist of the Seattle Symphony since the 1992-1993 season, Susan Gulkis Assadi enjoys a varied career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and teacher.
Hailed as “the most talked about soprano of her generation” (Opera News), American soprano Angela Meade is the winner of both the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award and the 2011 Richard Tucker Award. In 2008 she joined an elite group of history’s singers when, as Elvira in Verdi’s Ernani, she made her professional operatic debut on the Met stage. Since then she has fast become recognized as one of today’s outstanding vocalists, excelling in the most demanding heroines of the 19th-century bel canto repertoire as well as in the operas of Verdi and Mozart.
Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano, has recently performed Mistress Hibbons in the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter with Opera Colorado; Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Townsend Opera; and much more. Current engagements for Margaret include the Old Lady in Candide with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra; Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and a return to Seattle Opera as Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Hailed in The New York Times for “a performance of haunting beauty, ideally depicting emotional distraction with ultimate economy and glowing vocal skill,” Canadian-American tenor Isaiah Bell looks forward to a season highlighted by the works of Handel, Britten and Kurt Weill. Featured by the 2016 Elora Festival in Mozart’s Requiem, he will be heard in Messiah with the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic (both conducted by Nicholas McGegan), Britten’s Curlew River and Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Weill’s intriguing Sieben Todsünden for the Toronto Symphony’s Decades series, conducted by Peter Oundjian.
American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, hailed as having “vocals [that] are smooth and ingratiating” (Daily Camera) returns to Houston Grand Opera in the 2016/17 season as Belcore in L’elisir d’Amore, conducted by Jane Glover and Masetto in Don Giovanni at San Francisco Opera, conducted by Marc Minkowski. Mr. Sumuel’s competition accolades include being awarded a 2015 Richard Tucker Career Grant, 2012 MONC Finalist and a winner of the 2009 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera Center and the Filene Young Artist program at Wolf Trap Opera.
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.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.
Susan Gulkis Assadi’s performances are generously underwritten by Sue and Robert Collett and an anonymous donor.