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Mozart’s amazing operas changed the course of opera history. He combined comedy and tragedy, magic and reality, and told stories about real human beings with music of such perfection they’ve never left the stage. Explore the history of Mozart at Seattle Opera.

© Bill Mohn
2006 Così fan tutte

Jonathan Miller’s startlingly contemporary production.

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1977/78 The Magic Flute Program

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1983/84 The Marriage of Figaro Program

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© Chris Bennion
1986 Così fan tutte

Mozart’s problem comedy—with a time machine!

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1991/92 Cosi fan tutte Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Le nozze di Figaro

Peter Kazaras’ lively staging featured Mariusz Kwiecien heading up a colorful cast of characters.

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1998/99 Don Giovanni Program

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1987/88 The Magic Flute Program

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© Gary Smith
1999 YAP Le nozze di Figaro

An adorable young cast in Mozart’s whirligig comedy.

© Gary Smith
1991 Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni as Seattle had never seen it before!

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1974 Così fan tutte

Seattle Opera’s first-ever performance of Mozart’s intriguing comedy.

© Stewart Reif
1978 Magic Flute

Seattle Opera’s first production of Mozart’s great fairy-tale.

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1970/71 The Marriage of Figaro Program

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1989-90 Le nozze di Figaro Cover
1989/90 Marriage of Figaro Program

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© Gary Smith
2000 YAP Don Giovanni

Starring future Artist-of-the-Year winners Lawrence Brownlee and Mary Elizabeth Williams!

Fluteapalooza

A McCaw Hall open house full of Mozart-inspired musical madness.

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2011 YAP Don Giovanni Program

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© Chris Bennion
1979 Don Giovanni

A great star, but a compromised performance!

1997-98 Le nozze di Figaro Cover
1997/98 The Marriage of Figaro Program

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1999/2000 The Magic Flute Program

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2006/07 Don Giovanni Program

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© Gary Smith
1999 Don Giovanni

The playboy is punished! This Don G featured a heroic Ottavio and a despicable Giovanni.

© Chris Bennion
1982 Abduction from the Seraglio

Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.

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2008/09 The Marriage of Figaro Program

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© Gery Smith
1992 Cosi fan tutte

Richard Stilwell, Sheri Greenawald, Vinson Cole and others starred in Mozart’s thought-provoking comedy.

© Chris Bennion
1983 Marriage of Figaro

Starring Kaaren Erickson as Susanna.

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2005/06 Cosi fan tutte Program

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2005 YAP Marriage of Figaro Program

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© Bill Mohn
2009 Marriage of Figaro

A stylish, sexy production of what’s been called the ‘perfect’ opera.

© Gary Smith
1999 Die Zauberflöte

A penguin-crocodile, floating coloratura queen, and befeathered Nathan Gunn delighted audiences in this final production of the millenium.

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 YAP Don Giovanni

A Fellini-style Don Giovanni starring a hot group of young artists.

© Bill Mohn
Artist of the Year: MARIUSZ KWIECIEN as Don Giovanni

Marius Kwiecien sings the Champagne Aria!

© Wah Lui
2007 Don Giovanni

Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien triumphed as Mozart’s seductive bad boy.

© Rozarii Lynch
2003 YAP Così fan tutte

A lively Young Artists production of Mozart’s comedy.

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1981/82 The Abduction from the Seraglio Program

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2004 YAP Cosi Fan Tutte Program

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2009 YAP Cosi Fan Tutte Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Colorful production of audience favorite featuring new sets by Seattle Opera and memorable costumes from Zandra Rhodes.

© Matthew McVay
1989 Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s beloved comedy performed by an adorable young cast.

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Quick-Change from The Magic Flute

Seattle Opera transforms 8 blue-skinned slaves into yellow-robed priests in 90 seconds!

© Des Gates
1968 Don Giovanni

Joan Sutherland returned to Seattle as Donna Anna.

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1990/91 Don Giovanni Program

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1978/79 Don Giovanni Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
COSÌ FAN TUTTE Silly Sextet

Hear audience laughter drowning out Mozart’s music!

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2000 YAP Don Giovanni Program

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1967/68 Don Giovanni Program

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YAP 1998 Cosi Fan Tutte Cover
1998 YAP Cosi Fan Tutte Program

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1973/74 Cosi fan tutte Program

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1999 YAP The Marriage of Figaro Program

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© Elise Bakketun

Hear the gorgeous trio from “Così fan tutte” sung by three of our favorite singers.

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1985/86 Cosi fan tutte Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
Le nozze di Figaro ’09

Listen to highlights from Mozart’s perfect opera.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Così fan tutte

A ‘Just Add Water’ Così that toured the state in the fall of 2009.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 YAP Marriage of Figaro

The first Young Artists Program opera directed by Peter Kazaras!

© Gary Smith
1997 Le nozze di Figaro

An amusing production of Mozart’s beloved comedy.

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2010/11 The Magic Flute Program

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© Matthew McVay
1987 Magic Flute

Maurice Sendak’s beautiful production of Mozart’s fairy-tale.