At the very end of 2015, I received an email inquiring if I'd be interested in shooting for the Seattle Opera. Having near heard or seen anything opera beyond that Bugs Bunny cartoon, I didn't really know what to expect. What I did know is that opera is a combination of story-telling and music, two elements of my photography that I have come to deeply resonate with.
At it's core, I believe good photography engages the viewer with a story - it presents an idea, challenges the viewer, and draws you to form an opinion. Music does exactly the same thing but using sound instead of visuals. It's fun to think about the parallels between the two mediums. Opera on the other hand, combines both the sound and the visual components to the story.
This was right up my alley. And having never seen an opera before in my life, I jumped at the chance to throw my spin on opera.
What followed through 2016 was one of the greatest photographic experiences I've had, and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity. Below are some of my personal favourite images from the operas throughout 2016 -- The Marriage of Figaro, Mary Stuart, The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory, and Hansel & Gretel.