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Yardbird
Charlie Parker's Yardbird
McCaw HallSeattle Opera Performance
3/6/2020 7:30 PM


PRESENTED BY SEATTLE OPERA
 
Music by Daniel Schnyder
Libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly
 
Finding himself in a deserted limbo, the ghost of tormented jazz great and bebop innovator Charlie “Yardbird” Parker struggles to complete one last masterpiece. In a series of flashbacks, the legendary saxophonist remembers the heyday of famous New York City jazz club Birdland and revisits the demons, inspirations, and women who have fueled and hindered his creative genius.

“Marked by long melismatic phrases and highly virtuosic and individualized vocal ornamentation, the pyrotechnic vocal displays in bel canto draw a direct parallel to the rapid fire musical lines of jazz” (The Daily Beast). The dreamlike score for 7 voices and 24-piece classical orchestra showcases the unexpected pairing of a flexible operatic tenor with the fluid, improvisational spirit of bebop: a match made in music heaven.

In English with English Subtitles 
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, with no intermission
 


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