In this month’s Opera Talk, join Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean as he traces the operas that we have presented in Seattle that were inspired by William Shakespeare, from Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff to Berlioz’s Beatrice & Benedict and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With such captivating characters, situations, and language, Shakespeare’s dramas stirred the imaginations of generations of opera composers and inspired many of their most enduring works. To paraphrase Shakespeare’s own words, he was not only himself one of the most vital artists in the Western tradition; he was—and continues to be—the cause of great art in others.
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