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Seattle Opera’s fall production, Hansel & Gretel, was hugely popular—a hundred years ago. Nowadays, opera-goers are less likely to hear it so frequently; at Seattle Opera, Hansel & Gretel takes its place with many wonderful (or brand-new) operas that we see only occasionally. From the world premieres of Floyd’s Of Mice and Men and Hagen’s Amelia, to antique masterworks such as Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride or Handel’s Semele, Seattle audiences are always up for an adventure into unexplored operatic territory. Enjoy these memories of new or unusual works from the past five decades at Seattle Opera!

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1971/72 A Masked Ball Cover
1971/72 Un ballo in maschera Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Amelia

Seattle Opera’s beautiful world premiere from 2010.

© Ron Scherl
1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.

1967/68 The Crucible Program Cover
1967/68 The Crucible Program

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© Matthew McVay
1989: Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing

Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.

© Des Gates
1976 Of Mice and Men

The return of this great American work, first performed in Seattle in 1970.

© Des Gates
1969 Mantra

Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!

© Elise Bakketun
Ana Lucrecia Garcia as Odabella

A memorable voice in a powerful role.

YAP 2009 Midsummer Nights Dream Cover
2009 YAP A Midsummer Night’s Dream Program

Explore the 2009 Young Artists Program A Midsummer Night’s Dream Program!

© Chris Bennion
1984 The Ballad of Baby Doe

“Gold is a Fine Thing” and many more celebrated arias can be found in this American opera.

Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, 2007
2007 Iphigénie en Tauride

Discover Seattle Opera and Metropolitan Opera’s co-production of Iphigénie en Tauride, claimed as a rare treasure, debuted in 2007.

© Matthew McVay
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 MEISTERSINGER

Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.

2010-11 Don Quichotte Cover
2010/11 Don Quichotte Program

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© Gary Smith
1992 The Passion of Jonathan Wade

Dale Duesing played a Union soldier in over his head in post-Civil War South Carolina.

1995-96 Andrea Chenier Cover
1995/96 Andrea Chenier Program

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© Chris Bennion
1976 Thaïs
1990-91 Rusalka Cover
1990/91 Rusalka Program

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© Greg Eastman
Friendship Duet from DON CARLOS, with Vinson Cole and William Stone

Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.

YAP 2008 Tatyana's Letter Cover
2008 YAP Tatyana’s Letter Program

Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Tatyana’s Letter Program!

© Gary Smith
1999 Der Freischütz

Seven magic bullets consecrated to the devil wreak havoc in this, the original German Romantic opera.

2011-12 Attila Cover
2011/12 Attila Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2008 I Puritani

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

© Gary Smith
1990 Rusalka

Renée Fleming’s debut as Dvořák’s little mermaid.

© Des Gates
1976 The Seagull

Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

Composed in 1996, this evocative production debuted in Seattle in 1998. It proved so popular it was revived only 7 years later.

1993-94 Hansel and Gretel Cover
1993/94 Hansel and Gretel Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2008 Les pêcheurs de perles

Bizet’s exotic bonbon returns, starring William Burden.

© Gary Smith
1991 Anna Bolena

Images highlighting 1991’s Anna Bolena

1991-92 Ballad of Baby Doe Cover
1991/92 The Ballad of Baby Doe Program

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© Ron Scherl
1988 Orphée et Eurydice

Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.

© Chris Bennion
1982 Abduction from the Seraglio

Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.

© Gary Smith
1994 Hansel und Gretel

Angels aloft! And sliding down a giant playground slide in this familiar fairy-tale.

© Elise Bakketun
Artist of the Year: MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS as Serena

Listen to “My man’s gone now”!

© Stewart Reif
1977 Le roi de Lahore

Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!

© Matthew McVay
1988 Satyagraha

Philip Glass’s minimalist opera about nonviolent resistance.

© Des Gates
1980 The Queen Of Spades

Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.

© Gary Smith
1990: Ben Heppner and Renee Fleming as the Prince and Rusalka

Two spectacular voices, early in their careers, brought an unknown masterpiece to Seattle.

© Gary Smith
1997 Xerxes

Beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade’s only Seattle Opera appearance!

© Gary Smith
1994 The Cunning Little Vixen

Maurice Sendak designed this charming production of an opera beloved by all ages.

YAP 2006 Turn of the Screw Cover
2006 YAP Turn of the Screw Program

Explore the 2006 Young Artists Program The Turn of the Screw Program!

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Don Quichotte

This innovative new production turned the stage into a library desktop, complete with giant books, ink wells, and feather pens.

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: BRIAN ASAWA as Arsamene

Hear Brian Asawa’s award-winning performance in Xerxes!

1989-90 Dialogues des Carmelites Cover
1989/90 Dialogues of the Carmelites Program

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1976/77 Of Mice and Men Cover
1976/77 Of Mice and Men Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2004 La fanciulla del West

A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

Britten’s Shakespeare, set in a magical boarding school!

1989-90 Die Meistersinger Cover
1989/90 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Program

Explore the 1989/90 Master-Singers of Nuremberg Program!

© Gary Smith
1999 Vanessa

Our only production of this intriguing American work.

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1971 Calvary Program

Glynn Ross comissioned a new Pasatieri chamber opera for a church in Medina.

1971/72 Black Widow Cover
1971/72 Black Widow Program

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© Greg Eastman
1994 Les pêcheurs de perles

Seattle Opera’s first production of the show featuring opera’s most gorgeous tenor-baritone duet!

1984-85 Jenufa Cover
1984/85 Jenufa Program

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

Explore the 2010 Young Artists Program Viva la Mamma! Program!

YAP 2008 Gianni Schicchi Cover
2008 YAP Enchanted Child, Gianni Schicchi Program

Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Enchanted Child, Gianni Schicchi Program!

© Elise Bakketun
2013 La Voix Humaine and Suor Angelica

A fascinating double-bill of dark twentieth-century masterpieces.

2007-08 Iphigenia in Tauris Cover
2007/08 Iphigenia in Tauris Program

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2005-06 Macbeth Cover
2005/06 Macbeth Program

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1971 Tommy

The world’s first ‘rock opera’ was Bette Midler’s only Seattle Opera appearance!

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Stravinsky Conducts His Own "Soldier's Tale"

When Stravinsky and Basil Rathbone appeared at Seattle Opera!

1990-91 War and Peace Cover
1990/91 War and Peace Program

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2000-01 Billy Bud Cover
2000/01 Billy Budd Program

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1984-85 Ballad of Baby Doe Cover
1984/85 The Ballad of Baby Doe Program

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1992/93 The Passion of Jonathan Wade Program

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2005-06 End of the Affair Cover
2005/06 The End of the Affair Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2003 Mourning Becomes Electra

Based on the Eugene O’Neill play, and revised by the composer for Seattle Opera’s production.

© Ron Scherl
1990 WAR AND PEACE

Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!

1314 Suor Program Cover
2012/13 La Voix Humaine/ Suor Angelica Program

Explore the 2013/14 La Voix Humaine/ Suor Angelica Program!

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

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© Chris Bennion
1983 Peter Grimes

Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.

© Margaret Marshall
1965 Samson et Dalila

James McCracken brought down the house!

© Gary Smith
1996 Andrea Chénier

Superstar tenor required! Ben Heppner was the first Andrea Chénier at Seattle Opera since Franco Corelli in 1968.

© Des Gates
1970 Of Mice and Men

Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.

© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: KATE LINDSEY as Amelia

Hear the luscious voice of a great mezzo singing the role she created.

1969/1970 Of Mice and Men Cover
1969/70 Of Mice and Men Program

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1988-89 Satyagraha Cover
1988/89 Satyagraha Program

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1979-80 The Queen of Spades Cover
1979/80 Queen of Spades Program

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2008-09 Bluebeard's Castle Cover
2008/09 Bluebeard’s Castle, Erwartung Program

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© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN as Billy Budd

Hear Christopher Maltman sing his award-winning Billy Budd!

© Chris Bennion
2006 Giulio Cesare

The earliest opera yet presented by Seattle Opera.

2006-07 Julius Caesar Cover
2006/07 Julius Caesar in Egypt Program

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© Gary Smith
2001 Rusalka

The last opera produced in the old Seattle Opera House.

YAP 2007 Falstaff Cover
2007 YAP Falstaff Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2008 YAP L’enfant et les sortilèges

An imaginative production of a wonderfully magical opera.

1994-95 Cunning Little Vixen Cover
1994/95 The Cunning Little Vixen Program

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© Gary Smith
2000 Lakmé

This romantic French opera features the popular “Flower Duet” and the “Bell Song,” beloved of coloraturas of yesteryear.

© Rozarii Lynch
PARSIFAL Enters the Grail Temple

Listen to Asher Fisch conduct overwhelming music from the first show in McCaw Hall!

1987-88 Orpheus & Eurydice Cover
1987/88 Orphée et Eurydice Program

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1999-00 Lakme Cover
1999/2000 Lakme Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP Turn of the Screw

A beautifully haunting production of Britten’s ghost story.

YAP 2006 Carmen Cover
2006 The Tragedy of Carmen Program

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© Des Gates
1968 The Crucible

The first contemporary opera presented by Seattle Opera.

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

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© Des Gates
1972 Black Widow

World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!

© Rocky Salskov
1993 The Merry Widow

Catch a glimpse of Seattle Opera’s first and only production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

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1970: Of Mice and Men World Premiere

Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.

© Fehl
1974 Mefistofele

A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.

1982-83 Girl of the Golden West Cover
1982/83 La fanciulla del West Program

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2001-02 Rusalka Cover
2001/02 Rusalka

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1975/76 Thais Cover
1975/76 Thais Program

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© Ron Scherl
1989 Dialogues des Carmelites

Our only production of the Poulenc masterpiece.

1975/76 The Seagull Cover
1975/76 The Seagull Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2007: Brett Polegato as Oreste

Hear Oreste’s mad scene from Gluck masterpiece, in a co-production created with the Met.

© Rozarii Lynch
2007 YAP Rita

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

2008-09 Les pecheurs de perles Cover
2008/09 The Pearl Fishers Program

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From Glenn Ross archives
The Premiere: Of Mice and Men

as told by composer Carlisle Floyd

1982-83 Peter Grimes Cover
1982/83 Peter Grimes Program

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2003-04 La fanciulla del West Cover
2003/04 La fanciulla del West Program

Explore the 2003/04 Girl of the West Program!

© Gary Smith
1993 Pelléas et Mélisande

Dale Chihuly’s designs matched Debussy’s evocative, translucent music perfectly.

© 2007 Chris Bennion
2007 Julius Caesar

The earliest composed opera performed by Seattle Opera.

1993-94 Turn of the Screw Cover
1993/94 The Turn of the Screw Program

Explore the 1993/94 Turn of the Screw Program!

© Rozarii Lynch
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 03 PARSIFAL

Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.

© Gary Smith
1992 The Ballad of Baby Doe

This charming folk opera returned to Seattle Opera with an all-new cast.

© Rozarii Lynch
2010: Jennifer Zetlan as The Flier in Amelia

A fantastic young American soprano created the role of the heroine’s namesake in Amelia.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung

This fascinating double-bill won its director Artist of the Year.

© Alan Alabastro
2010 YAP Viva la Mamma!

Mamma knows best…not!

© Des Gates
1967 Lakmé

Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!

© Ken Howard
1972 La Périchole

Our only performance of this charming operetta.

© Greg Eastman
Artist of the Year: ROBERT ORTH as Danilo

Hear Robert Orth sing “Da geh’ ich zu Maxims”!

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

Our Young Artists rise to the challenge of Britten’s Shakespeare!

1993-94 Don Carlos Cover
1993/94 Don Carlos Program

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2009-10 Amelia Cover
2009/10 Amelia Program

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

Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Trouble in Tahiti & Rita Program!

© Bill Mohn
2007 YAP Trouble in Tahiti

A touring production of Bernstein’s American masterpiece.

2006-07 L'Italiana in Algeri Cover
2006 The Italian Girl in Algiers Program

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© Gary Smith
1990 War and Peace

Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.

From Dover
Stravinsky’s Visit to Seattle Opera

as told by Hans Lehmann

© Gary Smith
1998 Florencia en el Amazonas

A soprano turned into a butterfly at the climax of Seattle Opera’s first Spanish-language opera!

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP King For A Day

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

2001-02 Un ballo in maschera Cover
2001/02 Un ballo in maschera Program

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© Elise Bakketun
2012 Attila

Seattle Opera’s stirring production of this Verdi rarity.

1999-00 Der Freischutz Cover
1999/2000 Der Freischutz Program

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1996-97 Xerxes Cover
1996/97 Xerxes Program

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© Bill Mohn
2005 The End Of The Affair

The first Jake Heggie opera performed at Seattle Opera.

© Jeffree Luke
“La mamma morta” from ANDREA CHENIER

A great Italian American soprano in her Seattle Opera debut.

1965/66 Samson Program Cover
1965/66 Samson and Delilah Program

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1981-82 Abduction from Seraglio Cover
1981/82 The Abduction from the Seraglio Program

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The Casting of George, Of Mice and Men

as told by Julian Patrick

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP La serva padrona

The world’s first opera buffa, toured around Washington by the Young Artists.

1998-99 Vanessa Cover
1998/99 Vanessa Program

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1992-93 Pelleas et Melisande Cover
1992/93 Pelléas et Mélisande Program

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1992-93 Merry Widow Cover
1992/93 The Merry Widow Program

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© Chris Bennion
La Sonnambula 1983

The only Seattle Opera appearance of powerhouse bass Cesare Siepi.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

Watch scenes from this beautiful opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán!

1974/75 Mefistofele Cover
1974/75 Mefistofele Program

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1966/67 Lakme Program Cover
1966/67 Lakme Program

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1997-98 Florencia en el Amazonas cover
1997/98 Florencia in the Amazon Program

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© Gary Smith
2001 Billy Budd

Britten’s all-male nautical tragedy made its Seattle Opera debut in a spectacular production from Francesca Zambello, Alison Chitty, and Alan Burrett.

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Amelia

The first commission under Speight Jenkins’ leadership.

1993-94 The Pearl Fishers Cover
1993/94 The Pearl Fishers Program

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1967/68 Romeo et Juliette Program Cover
1967/68 Romeo and Juliet Program

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© Gary Smith
DON CARLOS Grand Inquisitor scene, with Paul Plishka and Gabor Andrasy

Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.

© Matthew McVay
JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!

2003-04 Mourning Becomes Electra Cover
2003/04 Mourning Becomes Electra Program

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© Chris Bennion
1985 Jenůfa

Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!

1988-89 Romeo et Juliette Cover
1988/89 Romeo and Juliet Program

Explore the 1988/89 Romeo and Juliet Program!