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At Seattle Opera this summer we’re getting in the mood for the zany silliness of Rossini’s The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory. Although there’s nothing like crying your eyes out at a great opera tragedy, the art form of opera moves us to laughter as often as it does to tears. From Ariadne to Zauberflöte, from ridiculous farce to witty comedies of manners, comic opera entertains with disguises, drag, dummies, and delightful delirium. Our spectacular singers and gifted comics have earned plenty of smiles through the years. Enjoy these memories of opera comedies from the past five decades at Seattle Opera!

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1995-96 La Cenerentola Cover
1996 La Cenerentola Program

Explore the 1995/96 Cinderella Program!

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Le nozze di Figaro

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

1977/78 Falstaff Cover
1977/78 Falstaff Program

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1973/74 Cosi fan tutte Cover
1973/74 Cosi fan tutte Program

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1998-99 Die Fledermaus Cover
1998/99 Die Fledermaus Program

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

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© Gary Smith
2001 Falstaff

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

© Chris Bennion
1981 Don Pasquale

Sir Geraint Evans returns!

© Gary Smith
“O mio babbino caro” from GIANNI SCHICCHI

Listen to one of Puccini’s most beloved melodies.

© Gary Smith
1997 Le nozze di Figaro

An amusing production of Mozart’s beloved comedy.

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 YAP Gianni Schicchi

Puccini’s great comedy in a brilliant YAP production!

2012-13 La Cenerentola Cover
2012/13 Cinderella Program

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1999-00 Die Zauberflote Cover
1999/2000 The Magic Flute Program

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© Bill Mohn
2006 Così fan tutte

Jonathan Miller’s startlingly contemporary production.

© Alan Alabastro
2010 YAP Viva la Mamma!

Mamma knows best…not!

© Chris Bennion
1986 Così fan tutte

Mozart’s problem comedy—with a time machine!

© Rozarii Lynch
2003 YAP Così fan tutte

A lively Young Artists production of Mozart’s comedy.

1973/74 Gianni Pagliacci Cover
1973/74 Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci Program

Explore the 1973/74 Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci Program!

© Bill Mohn
2009 Marriage of Figaro

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

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

Explore the 1980/81 Don Pasquale Program!

2005-06 Cosi Fan Tutte Cover
2005/06 Cosi fan tutte Program

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75 Rosenkavalier 2
1975 Der Rosenkavalier

A huge cast assembled for Strauss’s great comedy.

© Chris Bennion
1982 Barber of Seville

Starring June Anderson as Rosina!

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Falstaff

Our liveliest production yet of this great comedy!

YAP 2005 Marriage of Figaro Cover
2005 YAP Marriage of Figaro Program

Explore the 2005 Young Artists Program Marriage of Figaro Program!

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

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

Explore the 1989/90 Daughter of the Regiment Program!

© Matthew McVay
1987 Magic Flute

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

1990-91 Cavalleria Gianni Cover
1990/91 Cavalleria Rusticana and Gianni Schicchi Program

Explore the 1990/91 Cavalleria Rusticana and Gianni Schicchi Program!

© Gary Smith
1997 Xerxes

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

© Gary Smith
1999 Die Zauberflöte

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

1970/71 Nozze di Figaro Cover
1970/71 The Marriage of Figaro Program

Explore the 1970/71 Marriage of Figaro Program!

© Des Gates
1982 “Hollywood Die Fledermaus!”

The world’s favorite operetta, starring several popular television stars of the day.

© Stewart Reif
1978 Falstaff

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

© Gary Smith
2000 Il barbiere di Siviglia

Young love triumphs over aged tyranny in this most popular of opera comedies.

© Matthew McVay
JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!

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

Explore the 1976/77 Cinderella Program!

1969/70 Die Fledermaus Cover
1969/70 Die Fledermaus Program

Explore the 1969/70 Die Fledermaus Program!

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP King For A Day

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

© Des Gates
1969 The Elixir of Love

The first Seattle Opera appearance of the appealing Mary Costa.

© Elise Bakketun
“Così fan tutte” Trio at Speight Gala

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

© Gary Smith
Final Fugue from FALSTAFF

Hear the lively conclusion to Verdi’s great comedy.

© Rozarii Lynch
L’italiana in Algeri Act One Finale

Listen to some of the silliest music in all opera!

© Matthew McVay
1988 Die Fledermaus

Starring Dale Duesing as Eisenstein!

2009-10 Falstaff Cover
2009/10 Falstaff Program

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1972/73 La Perichole Cover
1972/73 La Perichole Program

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

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

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

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1981-82 Die Fledermaus Cover
1981/82 Die Fledermaus Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2005 YAP Marriage of Figaro

The first Young Artists Program opera directed by Peter Kazaras!

© Elise Bakketun
2013 La Cenerentola

Operatic fun for everyone in a colorful Cinderella!

© Elise Bakketun
Highlights from 2013 “La Cenerentola”

Listen to highlights from this effervescent Rossini comedy!

YAP 2010 Ariadne Auf Naxos Cover
2010 YAP Ariadne Auf Naxos Program

Explore the 2010 Young Artists Program Ariadne Auf Naxos Program!

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

Explore the 1997/98 Marriage of Figaro Program!

1992-93 Barber of Seville Cover
1992/93 The Barber of Seville Program

Explore the 1992/93 Barber of Seville Program!

74 Barber 1
1974 Barber of Seville

A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP La serva padrona

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

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Il barbiere di Siviglia

A unique revival in which the alternating Rosinas were performed by different voice types.

© Rozarii Lynch
2004 Ariadne auf Naxos

Chris Alexander’s first award-winning production.

© Gary Smith
1996 La Cenerentola

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

2000-01 Falstaff Cover
2000/01 Falstaff Program

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1974/75 Barbiere Cover
1974/75 The Barber of Seville Program

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2010-11 Il Barbiere de Siviglia Cover
2010/11 The Barber of Seville Program

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15 Ariadne
Ariadne auf Naxos ’15

Listen to highlights from Strauss’s outrageous tragicomedy.

© Gary Smith
JULIAN PATRICK as Don Magnifico

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

1966/67 Il barbiere di Siviglia Program Cover
1966/67 The Barber of Seville Program

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1985-86 Cosi fan tutte Cover
1985/86 Cosi fan tutte Program

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© Chris Bennion
1982 Abduction from the Seraglio

Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.

1968/69 Der Rosenkavalier Program Cover
1968/69 Der Rosenkavalier Program

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YAP 2004 Cosi fan Tutte Cover
2004 YAP Cosi Fan Tutte Program

Explore the 2004 Young Artists Program Cosi fan tutte Program!

2003-04 Ariadne auf Naxos Cover
2003/04 Ariadne auf Naxos Program

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YAP 2012 Don Pasquale Cover
2012 YAP Don Pasquale Program

Explore the 2012 Young Artists Program Don Pasquale Program!

© Chris Bennion
1983 Marriage of Figaro

Starring Kaaren Erickson as Susanna.

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!

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

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© Howard Staples
1973 Daughter of the Regiment

Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!

2005-06 Die Fledermaus Cover
2005/06 Die Fledermaus Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
Le nozze di Figaro ’09

Listen to highlights from Mozart’s perfect opera.

1987-88 Magic Flute Cover
1987/88 The Magic Flute Program

Explore the 1987/88 Magic FluteM Program!

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 Die Fledermaus

Who says Wagner singers are no fun?

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

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

1987-88 Die Fledermaus Cover
1987/88 Die Fledermaus Program

Explore the 1987/88 Die Fledermaus Program!

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Così fan tutte

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

74 Cosi 10
1974 Così fan tutte

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

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

Explore the 1981/82 Abduction from the Seraglio Program!

© Alan Alabastro
2013 La Cenerentola

Cinderella—as Seattle Opera had never seen her before!

© Gary Smith
1998 The Elixir of Love

A lovesick dope wins the help of his special lady with a magic love potion that’s really cheap red wine.

© Gary Smith
1999 Die Fledermaus

Drag, disguise, and dummies make Die Fledermaus one of the world’s most popular operettas!

© Rozarii Lynch
COSÌ FAN TUTTE Silly Sextet

Hear audience laughter drowning out Mozart’s music!

2010-11 Die Zauberflote Cover
2010/11 The Magic Flute Program

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© Matthew McVay
1990 Daughter of the Regiment

Harolyn Blackwell’s Seattle Opera debut!

YAP 2001 La Cenerentola Cover
2001 YAP La Cenerentola Program

Explore the 2001 Young Artists Program La Cenerentola Program!

2008-09 Marriage of Figaro Cover
2008/09 The Marriage of Figaro Program

Explore the 2008/09 The Marriage of Figaro Program!

1991-92 Cosi Fan Tutte Cover
1991/92 Cosi fan tutte Program

Explore the 1991/92 Cosi fan tutte Program!

1968/69 L'elisir d'amore Cover
1968/69 The Elixir of Love Program

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1990-91 Ariadne auf Naxos Cover
1990/91 Ariadne auf Naxos Program

Explore the 1990/91 Ariadne auf Naxos Program!

© Gary Smith
1999 YAP Le nozze di Figaro

An adorable young cast in Mozart’s whirligig comedy.

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Falstaff

A wholly Shakespearean production of Verdi’s great comedy.

© Des Gates
1966 Barber of Seville

Seattle’s first completely comic opera!

1999-00 Il barbiere di Siviglia Cover
1999/2000 The Barber of Seville Program

Explore the 1999/2000 Barber of Seville Program!

YAP 2009 Cosi Fan Tutte Cover
2009 YAP Cosi Fan Tutte Program

Explore the 2009 Young Artists Program Cosi Fan Tutte Program!

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

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

1983-84 Marriage of Figaro Cover
1983/84 The Marriage of Figaro Program

Explore the 1983/84 Marriage of Figaro Program!

© 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.

1982-83 Barber of Seville Cover
1982/83 The Barber of Seville Program

Explore the 1982/83 Barber of Seville Program!

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP Don Pasquale

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

© Wah Lui
2006 The Italian Girl in Algiers

“I think this is getting too silly!”

© Gary Smith
1990 Gianni Schicchi

Images highlighting 1990’s Gianni Schicchi

© Dan Carter photo
1977 La Cenerentola

Cinderella comes to Seattle Opera for the first time.

YAP 1999 Le nozze di Figaro Cover
1999 YAP The Marriage of Figaro Program

Explore the 1999 Young Artists Program The Marriage of Figaro Program!

© Gery Smith
1992 Cosi fan tutte

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

YAP 2007 Falstaff Cover
2007 YAP Falstaff Program

Explore the 2007 Young Artists Program Falstaff Program!

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

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© Chris Bennion
2002 YAP La Cenerentola

The Young Artists take on Rossini’s Cinderella!

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

Explore the 1998 Young Artists Program Cosi fan tutte Program!

1984-85 L'elisir d'amore Cover
1984/85 The Elixir of Love Program

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© Chris Bennion
2003 Don Pasquale

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

© Gary Smith
1991 Ariadne auf Naxos

Our colorful first production of the Strauss-Hofmannsthal charmer!

© Des Gates
1969 Der Rosenkavalier

Régine Crespin’s Seattle Opera appearance!

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP Don Pasquale

YAP moved to UW’s Meany Hall for this lively comedy.

© Rozarii Lynch
2007 YAP Rita

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

1975/76 Der Rosenkavalier Cover
1975/76 Der Rosenkavalier Progarm

Explore the 1975/76 Der Rosenkavalier Program!

2006-07 Der Rosenkavalier Artist Page
2006/07 Der Rosenkavalier Program

Explore the 2006/07 Der Rosenkavalier Program!

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Daughter of the Regiment ’13

Listen to musical highlights from Donizetti’s charming operetta.

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Barber of Seville

Peter Kazaras directs Rossini’s popular comedy!

1997-98 Der Rosenkavalier Cover
1997/98 Der Rosenkavalier Program

Explore the 1997/98 Der Rosenkavalier Program!

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

A double-cast production: soprano Sarah Coburn performed Rosina one and mezzo Kate Lindsey in the other!

1977/78 The Magic Flute Cover
1977/78 The Magic Flute Program

Explore the 1977/78 Magic Flute Program!

© Gary Smith
1994 Hansel und Gretel

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

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

Explore the 2013 Young Artists Program King for a Day program!

© Matthew McVay
1989 Marriage of Figaro

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

© Wah Lui
2006 Der Rosenkavalier

Carol Vaness made her role debut as The Marschallin and Maestro Asher Fisch won Artist-of-the-Year honors for conducting this revival of Bruno Schwengl’s lavish production.

© Chris Bennion
2010 YAP Ariadne auf Naxos

The Young Artists’ only German-language production!

© Chris Bennion
1985 Elixir of Love

Donizetti’s charming comedy about a magic bottle of wine.

86 Don Pasquale so 47-1-5
1986 Don Pasquale

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

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

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

© Gary Smith
1997 Der Rosenkavalier

A sumptuous production of Richard Strauss’s most popular opera.

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

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

© Stewart Reif
1978 Magic Flute

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

1991 Ariadne of Naxos

Images highlighting 1991’s Ariadne of Naxos

© Chris Bennion
10 YAP Ariadne auf Naxos

A great accomplishment by Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

1997-98 L'elisir d'amore Cover
1997/98 The Elixir of Love Program

Explore the 1997/98 Elixir of Love Program!

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The Magic Flute

Listen to some of Mozart’s greatest music, from performances in 1999 and 2011.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

© Gary Smith
1992 Barber of Seville

Mirth and madness from the master of operatic mayhem!

© Ken Howard
1972 La Périchole

Our only performance of this charming operetta.