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This winter, Seattle Opera presents a fascinating duel to the death between bel canto sopranos: Maria Stuarda, an Italian take on the struggle between Queen Elizabeth I of England and her cousin, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. We’ve never before sung this intriguing Donizetti tragedy. But our audiences know and love many of the other great bel canto operas, from the ever-popular Lucia di Lammermoor and Barber of Seville to lesser-known gems such as I puritani, L’italiana in Algeri, and another remarkable Italian take on English history, Anna Bolena. Explore these memories of great bel canto operas at Seattle Opera.

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Artist of the Year: ALEKSANDRA KURZAK as Lucia

Aleksandra Kurzak sings Lucia’s Mad Scene!

YAP 2012 Don Pasquale Cover
2012 YAP Don Pasquale Program

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© Gary Smith
1996 La Cenerentola

A Cinderella comedy without the glass slipper–but with a hilariously pompous stepfather and a rogue servant.

© Chris Bennion
1981 Don Pasquale

Sir Geraint Evans returns!

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Lucia Di Lammermoor

New production featured a repurposed set from 2008′s “I PURITANI”.

1993-94 Norma Cover
1994 Norma Program

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1978-79 Macbeth Cover
1978/79 Macbeth Program

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© Gary Smith
1991 Anna Bolena

Images highlighting 1991′s Anna Bolena

©Chris Bennion
1985 Lucia di Lammermoor

Despair, madness, and revenge fill the stage in Donizetti’s classic Lucia di Lammermoor.

© Gary Smith
JULIAN PATRICK as Don Magnifico

The climax of Don Magnifico’s ridiculous “dream” aria.

© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: LAWRENCE BROWNLEE as Arturo

Listen to an amazing feat of bel canto virtuosity from one of our favorite tenors.

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP King For A Day

Our only production of Verdi’s ‘other’ comedy.

© Chris Bennion
2003 Norma

Ewa Podles receives the artist of the year award in 2003′s production of Norma.

© Chris Bennion
1979 Macbeth
© Chris Bennion
2002 YAP La Cenerentola

The Young Artists take on Rossini’s Cinderella!

© Chris Bennion
Artist of the Year: EWA PODLEŚ as Adalgisa

Hear Ewa Podles’s award-winning Adalgisa!

© Rozarii Lynch
2006: Nicola Luisotti Conducts Macbeth

“The jaws of hell gape wide and swallow all of creation” in some of Verdi’s most powerful music.

© Alan Alabastro
2013 La Cenerentola

Cinderella—as Seattle Opera had never seen her before!

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 Macbeth

A spectacular cast and walls that dripped blood made for a thrilling night of Verdi and Shakespeare.

1974/75 Il trovatore Cover
1974/75 Il Trovatore Program

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YAP 2001 La Cenerentola Cover
2001 YAP La Cenerentola Program

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1971/72 Lucia Cover
1971/72 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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©Ron Scherl
1989 Il Trovatore

Back on the mainstage, Verdi’s Il Trovatore impresses again.

2011-12 Attila Cover
2011/12 Attila Program

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1978-79 Norma Cover
1978/79 Norma Program

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© Gary Smith
1992 Lucia di Lammermoor

Sally Wolf won Artist of the Year this season for her extraordinary Lucia.

1980-81 Don Pasquale Cover
1980/81 Don Pasquale Program

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2010 Il trovatore

Photos from Seattle Opera’s first production of the decade.

YAP 2010 Viva la Mama Cover
2010 YAP Viva la Mamma! Program

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1986 Don Pasquale

Donizetti’s cautionary tale about an old man with a young wife.

© Elise Bakketun
2012 Attila

Seattle Opera’s stirring production of this Verdi rarity.

© Matthew McVay
1990 Daughter of the Regiment

Harolyn Blackwell’s Seattle Opera debut!

1991-92 Lucia di Lammermoor  Cover
1991/92 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© Margaret Marshall
1966 Il trovatore

Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!

1990-91 Anna Bolena Cover
1990/91 Anna Bolena Program

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2002-03 Norma Cover
2003 Norma Program

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1973/74 Fille du regiment Cover
1973/74 Daughter of the Regiment Program

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© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: SALLY WOLF as Lucia

Listen to Sally Wolf’s award-winning LUCIA Mad Scene!

1989-90 Il trovatore Cover
1989/90 Il Trovatore Program

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© Des Gates
1979 Lucia di Lammermoor

Polish soprano Zdizislawa Donat was a memorable Lucia.

© Chris Bennion
2003 Don Pasquale

An old fool makes the mistake of a lifetime when he marries a pretty young thing.

2002-03 Don Pasquale Cover
2002/03 Don Pasquale Program

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2005-06 Macbeth Cover
2005/06 Macbeth Program

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2007-08 I Puritani Cover
2007/08 I Puritani Program

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© Des Gates
1972 Lucia di Lammermoor

Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.

2000-01 Lucia di Lammermoor Cover
2000/01 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
L’italiana in Algeri Act One Finale

Listen to some of the silliest music in all opera!

YAP 2013 King for a Day Cover
2013 YAP King for a Day Program

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© Stewart Reif
1978 Norma

Seattle Opera’s first Norma featured powerful singing from Cristina Deutekom.

© Des Gates
1969 The Elixir of Love

The first Seattle Opera appearance of the appealing Mary Costa.

YAP 2007 Trouble in Tahiti Cover
2007 YAP Trouble in Tahiti, Rita Program

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1975 Il trovatore

A multi-national cast brought Verdi’s tuneful melodrama to Seattle.

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP Don Pasquale

Seattle Opera’s first-ever performance at UW’s Meany Hall!

1985-86 Lucia di Lammermoor Cover
1985/86 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© Gary Smith
1994 Norma

None who were there will ever forget Jane Eaglen’s stunning Seattle Opera debut!

1979-80 Lucia di Lammermoor Cover
1979/80 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© William Jensen
1964 Lucia di Lammermoor

Roberta Peters was Seattle Opera’s first Lucia.

© Wah Lui
2006 The Italian Girl in Algiers

“I think this is getting too silly!”

2010-11 Lucia di Lammermoor Cover
2010/11 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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1964/65 Lucia di Lammermoor Cover
1964/65 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© Elise Bakketun
Highlights from 2013 “La Cenerentola”

Listen to highlights from this effervescent Rossini comedy!

© Dan Carter photo
1977 La Cenerentola

Cinderella comes to Seattle Opera for the first time.

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 I Puritani

Explore this beloved cast, full of beautiful voices and frequent Seattle Opera artists.

© Alan Alabastro
2010 YAP Viva la Mamma!

Mamma knows best…not!

1986-87 Don Pasquale Cover
1986/87 Don Pasquale Program

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© Chris Bennion
2000 Lucia di Lammermoor

Seattle-based creative team Stephen Terrell, Edie Whitsett, Claire Hewitt, and Robert Wierzel created a psychologically taught, claustrophobic production of this bel canto tragedy.

© Rozarii Lynch
Andrea Gruber sings Lady Macbeth

“Out, damn spot…out, I say!”

© Chris Bennion
1982 Il trovatore

A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.

1989-90 La fille du regiment Cover
1989/90 The Daughter of the Regiment Program

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1965/66 Il trovatore Program Cover
1965/66 Il trovatore Program

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© Howard Staples
1973 Daughter of the Regiment

Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!

© Elise Bakketun
Ana Lucrecia Garcia as Odabella

A memorable voice in a powerful role.

© Greg Eastman
1997 Il trovatore

This revival of Nicholas Muni’s 1989 production, set in a strange dreamscape, starred Gordon Hawkins, fast becoming Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice, as Count Di Luna.

1996-97 Il trovatore Cover
1996/97 Il Trovatore Program

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1982-83 Il trovatore Cover
1982/83 Il Trovatore Program

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1983-84 La Sonnambula Cover
1983/84 La Sonnambula Program

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2009-10 Il trovatore Cover
2009/10 Il Trovatore Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2007 YAP Rita

Tenor and baritone fight—not for the soprano’s love, but to escape her!

1976/77 La Cenerentola Cover
1976/77 La Cenerentola Program

Explore the 1976/77 Cinderella Program!

Image © Denman Rooke
Anvil Chorus

Some of the most joyously noisy music in all opera!

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: JANE EAGLEN as Norma

The stunning debut of one of our favorite sopranos!

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Daughter of the Regiment ’13

Listen to musical highlights from Donizetti’s charming operetta.

1995-96 La Cenerentola Cover
1996 La Cenerentola Program

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© Chris Bennion
La Sonnambula 1983

The only Seattle Opera appearance of powerhouse bass Cesare Siepi.