Seattle Opera "Countdown to the 50th!" Jane Eaglen Debuts as Norma by Seattle Opera published on 2013/02/14 01:42:49 +0000 Help us celebrate great moments in Seattle Opera history as we approach our golden anniversary. This week, we remember 1994, when Jane Eaglen made her company debut as a last-minute replacement for the title role in “Norma,” conducted by Edoardo Müller. She got a cold on the airplane flying from London to Seattle, and so didn’t sing the dress rehearsal. Thus, Speight Jenkins was as surprised as the audience, come opening night, to hear the sound of this woman’s remarkable voice. Eaglen has gone on to sing Turandot, Isolde, Leonore, Ariadne, Ortrud, Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus,” and Senta for the company, as well as Brünnhilde in 2000, 2001, and 2005. She also created the role of Aunt Helen in “Amelia,” and won Seattle Opera’s Artist of the Year Award twice. Here, from those 1994 performances of “Norma,” Eaglen sings a bit of her second act duet with Susanne Mentzer as Adalgisa, “Mira, o Norma.” Edoardo Müller conducts the orchestra of Seattle Opera. Photo by Gary Smith.