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This summer, Seattle Opera is excited to present a great Verdi opera we’ve never before produced: Nabucco, the first masterpiece by the composer who can be described as the Shakespeare of opera. Since our first Rigoletto in 1965, Seattle Opera has produced most (but not all!) of Verdi’s operas, starring singers such as Richard Tucker, Fiorenza Cossotto, James McCracken, Beverly Sills, Matteo Manuguerra, Grace Bumbry, Gordon Hawkins, Stephanie Blythe, and many others. Explore these memories of great Verdi productions at Seattle Opera.

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Artist of the Year: STEPHANIE BLYTHE as Amneris

Stephanie Blythe curses Verdi’s priests.

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2006 Macbeth

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

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1988 Rigoletto

A beautiful Renaissance-era production of the Verdi classic.

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1989 Il Trovatore

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

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1971 Un ballo in maschera
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1987 Otello

Starring the young Carol Vaness as Desdemona.

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1982 Il trovatore

A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.

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© Chris Bennion
1982 Rigoletto

Rigoletto continues to be a fan favorite with this luxurious 1982 production.

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1984 La forza del destino

Famed translator and music critic Andrew Porter made his directorial debut.

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Norah Amsellem as Gilda

A lovesick girl sings rhapsodies about a fantasy of the man she adores.

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1966 Il trovatore

Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!

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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.

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2009 LA TRAVIATA

The first of three Verdi operas featured in our 2009/10 season.

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1980 Aida

A splendid production of Verdi’s masterpiece–complete with live horses!

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2007 YAP Falstaff

Peter Kazaras’s brilliant production is born.

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1965 Rigoletto

Seattle Opera opens its doors with Rigoletto.

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1970 La Forza del Destino
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1977 Otello

Mary Costa was an attractive Desdemona.

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1971 Don Carlo

Fiorenza Cossotto stole the show with “O don fatale.”

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1973 Rigoletto

Italian baritone Matteo Manuguerra shines in Seattle Opera’s second staging of Rigoletto.

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1996 La traviata

A rare summer performance of a Verdi classic!

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1962 Aida

The production that began it all.

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Artist of the Year: HAROLYN BLACKWELL as Gilda

Hear Harolyn Blackwell’s award-winning “Caro nome.”

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1975 Il trovatore

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

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2013 YAP “Viva Verdi!” Concert

Listen to the 2012/13 YAPs celebrating Verdi in style!

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1994/95 Rigoletto Program

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1967 La traviata (Met Tour)

Seattle Opera’s first Traviata wasn’t ours at all—it came from the Met.

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1979 Macbeth
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1992 Aida

Aida set in a 19th century Museum of Egyptology? This Rochaix/Israel production intrigued some and baffled others.

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1978 Falstaff

Seattle Opera’s first production of Verdi’s comic Shakespearean masterpiece.

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JAMES McCRACKEN as Otello

Hear an astonishing “Si, pel ciel” from a great American tenor!

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1968 Aida

Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!

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1993 Don Carlos

Verdi’s most ambitious opera came thrillingly to life in this spectacular production.

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2010 Il trovatore

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

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2006: Nicola Luisotti Conducts Macbeth

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

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2004 Rigoletto

Revival of 1995 production updating the action to Mussolini’s Italy.

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1995 Rigoletto

Gordon Hawkins became Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice with this production.

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2012 YAP King For A Day

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

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© Gary Smith
2002 Un Ballo in maschera

Three of our favorite singers starred in this Verdi masterpiece.

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1967 Otello
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1973 La Traviata
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1976 Aida

An Aida featuring several RING singers.

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2012 Attila

Seattle Opera’s stirring production of this Verdi rarity.

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2001 Falstaff

The second Seattle Opera staging of Verdi’s final opera was directed by Shakespearean veteran Chris Alexander.

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1980 La traviata

Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco was a beautiful Violetta.

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2008 Aida

Artist of the Year Winner Stephanie Blythe wows in Aida.

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2010 Falstaff

A wholly Shakespearean production of Verdi’s great comedy.

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1988 La Traviata

Carol Vaness takes on the role of Violetta in Verdi’s classic.

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2010 Falstaff

Our liveliest production yet of this great comedy!

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