The many delights of Portland's Vagabond Opera
Portland's Vagabond Opera brings its larger-than-life cabaret act back to Seattle.
As part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, Oregon's Portland-based vaudeville-operatic troupe Vagabond Opera returns to the Triple Door on Saturday. If you haven't caught the troupe's eclectic mix of jazz, cabaret and vibrato-crazed aria (with costumes to match), you're in for a treat.
Highlights from the latest CD, "The Zeitgeist Beckons," include covers of classics by Jacques Brel, Tom Waits and Edith Piaf, plus some rousing originals. Most sublime item: "Russian Jazz Waltz," a riff on Dmitri Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No. 2. You'll recognize the tune from Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut." But the lyrics ("in Oshtal — absolutely untranslatable") are a Vagabond-Opera-only experience, delivered in a vaguely Slavic-sounding invented language the ensemble has added to its multilingual repertoire.
7:30 p.m. (all ages) and 10 p.m. (21 and older) Saturday, Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $16-$20 (206-838-4333 or www.tripledoor.net).
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer