On June 12, 2020, The Drunken Tenor: Quarantini Edition with Seattle Opera! 7 PM PST on seattleopera.org and Seattle Opera’s Facebook and YouTube channels


What happens when the world’s most irresponsible tenor performs the world’s
most beautiful music, but online?

Seattle Opera’s June 12 streaming performance brings something different to your computer screens. In the spirit of Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach, and Beverly Sills on The Muppet Show, Metropolitan Opera tenor Robert McPherson is joined by Head of Coach-Accompanists David McDade and soprano, Jennifer Bromagen for a performance that demystifies classical music with a tongue-in-cheek online performance sure to make you smile.

With far more confidence than technical skill, McPherson’s tipsy persona strives to find the humor in shared experiences of social distancing by poking fun at the pitfalls of virtual meeting spaces. Can he use technology to connect? Can he effectively create a program to uplift and inspire? Will he remember how to turn on his camera or mute his microphone when flushing?

Program includes popular favorites by Bizet and Verdi, a little bit of Schubert, and several surprises – shaken, not stirred.*

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*No composers were harmed in the making of this prerecorded performance broadcast.

“So good! *sip* So good!”

— Christie Cabrera, Facebook

Facebook Fans Agree…

“Seattle Opera BRAVO! Club is proud to have not only hosted the Drunken Tenor’s first appearance, but also his first full-length show. We didn’t know what to expect the first time the Drunken Tenor staggered in to perform—at a meadery of all places—but from his first aria to his final swig, the only thing we were doing besides laughing was agreeing to have him back. The Drunken Tenor has now performed for the Seattle Opera BRAVO! Club three times and can’t wait for a fourth. It’s a mix of opera, standup comedy, and a great performance that appeals to both opera newbies and long-time fans alike. After the last show one of our members said, “I’ve never seen standup opera before,” and the Drunken Tenor answered, “Neither had I, but I thought it should exist,” and we couldn’t agree more.”

Seattle Opera BRAVO! Club says…