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“Opera and Giant Puppets: Amy Trompetter’s Barber of Seville,” June 14-October 12, 2014


Our new exhibition, Opera and Giant Puppets: Amy Trompetter’s Barber of Seville, will open on June 14, 2014 at 4pm.  The opening celebration will include a free performance by Amy Trompetter’s Redwing Blackbird Theater at 5pm in the Ballard Institute Performance Space.

This spectacular display of giant, life-size, and miniature figures reveals the stunning potential of puppets and opera.  Puppeteer Amy Trompetter’s giant-puppet version of Rossini’s 19th-century comic opera The Barber of Seville was performed to great acclaim in New York City and Vienna from 1983 into the 21st century.  This exhibition reveals not only Trompetter’s vivid sculptural and performance style, but also her dynamic and unconventional approach to the classic opera, an interpretation that both supports and transgresses the original. Exhibition runs through October 12, 2014.


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  1. Hi Joseph,

    Amy Trompetter’s performance of The Punch Opera on June 14 at 5pm is free to the public. Seats are limited, so arrive early to get a good seat! Please contact if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!