Has Valentine’s Day caught you by surprise this year? With everything else happening, planning a Valentine’s date may be the last thing on your to-do list. Not to worry—we’ve got three ways you can bring the romance right to your living room. Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet are streaming performances throughout Valentine’s Day weekend so you can share the drama and enchantment of the performing arts with your love at home.
Roméo et Juliette
When you think of iconic romances a few come to mind; Jack and Rose, Wesley and Buttercup, Elizabeth and Mr. Darby, and of course, Romeo and Juliet. Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Jean-Christophe Maillot’s interpretation of the star-crossed lovers’ story. Maillot focuses his ballet on the youthfulness and extreme emotions that the titular characters experience. This beautiful choreography is accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score.
We promise you and your partner’s evening will be far from ill-fated.
Purchase tickets here to stream—$29/$39
To Woo: A Shakespeare Valentine
It wouldn’t be a proper Valentine’s Day without the master of love and desire: William Shakespeare. Seattle Shakespeare Company presents a collection of scenes, sonnets and songs from the Bard’s works that will inspire love, joy and romance. Directed by George Mount, Makaela Milburn and Lamar Legend, these selections will be performed by 21 talented artists, many of whom you may recognize from Seattle Shakespeare and other local Seattle performances.
Register here to stream—free
The Elixir of Love
Back by popular demand, Seattle Opera presents this romantic comedy for a second time after its resounding success in November 2020. With music by Gaetano Donizetti and a libretto by Felice Romani, The Elixir of Love tells the age-old story of a man going to extreme lengths to win the heart of his love. Naive Nemorino purchases a “love potion” from a shady source to use on Adina, and somehow it works! Enjoy this staging designed specifically for streaming at home, where you can sing along—if you know Italian, that is.
Purchase tickets here to stream—$35