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

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1969/70 Turandot Program

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

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1965/66 Madama Butterfly Program Cover
1965/66 Madama Butterfly Program

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1966 – Wagner’s Seattle Opera Debut

The first Wagner production at Seattle Opera!

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JOAN SUTHERLAND as Lakmé

Listen to Sutherland and Tourangeau sing the famous “Lakmé” Flower Duet!

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1968/69 Tosca Program

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1967/68 Otello Cover
1967/68 Otello Program

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1969 Der Rosenkavalier

Régine Crespin’s Seattle Opera appearance!

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1966 Barber of Seville

Seattle’s first completely comic opera!

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1968 Aida

Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!

1966/67 La Traviata Program Cover
1966/67 La Traviata Program

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1967/68 Don Giovanni Program Cover
1967/68 Don Giovanni Program

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1967 Romeo and Juliet

The unforgettable Seattle debut of Franco Corelli!

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1965 La boheme

Beverly Sills’ only Mimì!

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1967 Lakmé

Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!

1969/70 Salome Cover
1969/70 Salome Program

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1968 Don Giovanni

Joan Sutherland returned to Seattle as Donna Anna.

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1967 Otello
1964 Tosca Program Cover
1964 Tosca Program

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1965 Samson et Dalila

James McCracken brought down the house!

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1965 Rigoletto

Seattle Opera opens its doors with Rigoletto.

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1966 Il trovatore

Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!

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

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1964 Page 1 Cover
1964 Carmen Program

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

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1967 La bohème (Met Tour)

A Met tour of a beloved opera.

1965/66 Lohengrin Program Cover
1965/66 Lohengrin Program

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1969 Tosca

Dorothy Kirsten’s Seattle appearance.

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1968 Fidelio

Performed on an impressive “junk sculpture” set designed by a Jesuit priest, Father L.E. Lubbers.

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1967 Turandot

Giovanni Martinelli’s one Seattle Opera appearance!

From Dover
Stravinsky’s Visit to Seattle Opera

as told by Hans Lehmann

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1964/65 Boris Godunov Program

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1965/66 La Boheme Program Cover
1965/66 La Boheme Program

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1968 The Crucible

The first contemporary opera presented by Seattle Opera.

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1963: Seattle Opera Founded

Seattle Opera’s first season!

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1962 Aida

The production that began it all.

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

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1964 Carmen

The first performance of Bizet’s classic tale in Seattle Opera history!

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FRANCO CORELLI as Roméo

Listen to Corelli’s stunning “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”

1966/67 Lakme Program Cover
1966/67 Lakme Program

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1967/68 Fidelio Program Cover
1967/68 Fidelio Program

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1966 Lohengrin

It’s love at first sight (and hearing!) when Seattle Opera meets Richard Wagner.

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1969 The Elixir of Love

The first Seattle Opera appearance of the appealing Mary Costa.

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1965 Boris Godunov

Jerome Hines sang his greatest role in Seattle.

1967/68 Romeo et Juliette Program Cover
1967/68 Romeo and Juliet 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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1968 Andrea Chenier

Franco Corelli at Seattle Opera.

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1969 Mantra

Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!

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Costume Shop

History of our costume shop!

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1966 Madama Butterfly (Met Tour)

The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!

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1966 Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Starring husband-and-wife James McCracken & Sandra Warfield!

1964/65 Faust Program Cover
1964/65 Faust Program

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1968/69 Andrea Chenier Program Cover
1968/69 Andrea Chenier Program

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

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1968/69 Aida Program Cover
1968/69 Aida Program

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1964 Lucia di Lammermoor

Roberta Peters was Seattle Opera’s first Lucia.

1969/70 La forza del destino Cover
1969/70 La forza del destino Program

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1966/67 La boheme Cover
1966/67 La Boheme Program

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1969 Turandot

Nilsson as the Ice Princess.

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JAMES McCRACKEN as Otello

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

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

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1966/67 Turandot Program Cover
1966/67 Turandot Program

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Stravinsky Conducts His Own "Soldier's Tale"

When Stravinsky and Basil Rathbone appeared at Seattle Opera!

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1964 Tosca

The fledgling company’s first production.

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

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1964/65 Rigoletto Program Cover
1964/65 Rigoletto Program Cover

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1964 Faust

Seattle’s first French-language opera production!

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

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1966/67 Cavalleria and Pagliacci Program Cover
1966/67 Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci Program

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