1977/78 Le roi de Lahore Cover
1977/78 The King of Lahore Program

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1981 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
1981 Ring & Tristan Program

Explore the program for our Summer 1981 Wagner festival, featuring the Ring and Tristan and Isolde.

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1971/72 Black Widow Program

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© Stewart Reif
1971 Don Carlo

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

From Glenn Ross archives
The Premiere: Of Mice and Men

as told by composer Carlisle Floyd

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1976/77 La Cenerentola Program

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© Des Gates
1974 Siegfried

A second Ring opera is added to Seattle’s repertory.

© Peter Riches
1970 La Forza del Destino
© Seattle Opera
Opera By Children

A pioneer opera education program, which later became a model for programs nationwide.

RING in English: Noel Tyl as Wotan

Hear the voice of Noel Tyl, one of our first Wotans.

© Des Gates
1973 Die Walküre

Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.

© Stewart Reif
1978 Boris Godunov

Nicola Ghiuselev sang the title role in Russian, and Giorgio Tozzi sang it in English!

© Chris Bennion
1977 Ring

Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde.

1971/72 Lucia Cover
1971/72 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© Howard Staples
1975 Manon

Mary Costa and Leo Goeke sang Massenet’s unfortunate lovers.

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

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1975/76 Aida Program

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1970/71 Madama Butterfly Cover
1970/71 Madama Butterfly Program

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© Des Gates
1976 Of Mice and Men

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

© Seattle Opera
1973 Noye’s Fludde

350 schoolchildren starred in a Seattle Opera production in 1973!

1976/77 Otello Cover
1976/77 Otello Program

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© Des Gates
1972 Black Widow

World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!

© Chris Bennion
MALCOLM RIVERS as Alberich

Hear Seattle’s first malevolent Lord of the Ring.

1972/73 Die Walkure Cover
1972/73 Die Walküre Program

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1974/75 Il trovatore Cover
1974/75 Il Trovatore Program

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1974 Così fan tutte

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

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The Cecilia Schultz Auditions

A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

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1975/76 Der Rosenkavalier Progarm

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RING in English: Paul Crook as Mime and Raimund Herincx as Wotan

Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English!

© Des Gates
1976 Aida

An Aida featuring several RING singers.

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1976: Seattle Opera’s Early Valkyries

“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!

© Howard Staples
1971 Un ballo in maschera
© Dan Carter photo
1977 La Cenerentola

Cinderella comes to Seattle Opera for the first time.

Glynn Ross
GLYNN ROSS Welcomes You To The RING

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!

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

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© Des Gates
1970 Of Mice and Men

Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.

1979-80 Lucia di Lammermoor Cover
1979/80 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© William E. Duncan
HENRY HOLT On Opera In English

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s first Music and Education Director!

1972/73 La traviata Cover
1972/73 La Traviata Program

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1974/75 Gotterdammerung Cover
1974/75 Gotterdammerung Program

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

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

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© Stewart Reif
1978 Magic Flute

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

© Bob Peterson
1976 Ring

A new Brünnhilde headlined our second complete cycle.

1978-79 Don Giovanni Cover
1978/79 Don Giovanni Program

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

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© Stewart Reif
1978 Norma

Seattle Opera’s first Norma featured powerful singing from Cristina Deutekom.

From Glenn Ross archives.
Glynn Ross on Forging a Ring

Excerpt from The Journal of the Wagner Society of Northern California

1979-80 Faust Cover
1979/80 Faust Program

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1977 The Ring of Nibelung Cover
1977 Ring Program

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1978 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
1978 Ring Program

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© Des Gates
1976 Werther

Featuring the meltingly honeyed voice of Leo Goeke in the title role.

© Chris Bennion
1979 Macbeth
1975/76 Eugene Onegin Cover
1975/76 Eugene Onegin Program

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© Chris Bennion
1976 Thaïs
© Des Gates
1973 La Traviata
© David Medley
“What Is This Thing Called Opera?”

Opera education and outreach, ’70s-style!

© William Waight
THOMAS PASATIERI at SEATTLE OPERA

A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!

© Fehl
1974 Mefistofele

A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.

© Chris Bennion
1978 Ring

Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer.

© Des Gates
Two Languages in the ’76 WALKÜRE Death-Announcement Scene

A cast substitution with unexpected results.

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

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

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1970/71 Carmen Cover
1970/71 Carmen Program

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1977/78 Madama Butterfly Cover
1977/78 Madama Butterfly Program

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© Howard Staples
1972 Der Fliegende Holländer

Wagner’s rollicking sea yarn came to Seattle with a famous cast.

© Des Gates
1970 Salome

Klara Barlow was Seattle’s first necrophilic nymphomaniac princess.

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1975 Il trovatore

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

© Des Gates
1971 Carmen

A fantastic cast brings Bizet’s stunning opera alive.

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

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1970: Of Mice and Men World Premiere

Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.

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1971 Calvary Program

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

© Des Gates
1975 Eugene Onegin

This Sarajevo Opera production starred some of Yugoslavia’s greatest singers.

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Geraldine Decker as Erda

Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.

© Des Gates
1977 Otello

Mary Costa was an attractive Desdemona.

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WILLIAM WILDERMANN as Hagen

Hear the bass who was with us from before the beginning.

1971/72 La boheme Cover
1971/72 La Boheme Program

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1979-80 Fidelio Cover
1979/80 Fidelio Program

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1975 The Ring of the Nibelungen Cover
1975/76 The Ring Program

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1973/74 Rigoletto Cover
1973/74 Rigoletto Program

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© Des Gates
1979 Lucia di Lammermoor

Polish soprano Zdizislawa Donat was a memorable Lucia.

1978-79 Carmen Cover
1978/79 Carmen Program

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1970/71 Hoffmann Cover
1970/71 The Tales of Hoffmann Program

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Glynn Ross Receives 1972 First Citizen Award

Remarks from the award ceremony

© Stewart Reif
National and International Casts

How Glynn Ross organized the two casts necessary for presenting opera in Seattle.

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The Casting of George, Of Mice and Men

as told by Julian Patrick

© Ken Howard
1972 La Périchole

Our only performance of this charming operetta.

© Des Gates
1976 The Seagull

Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.

1969/70 Turandot Cover
1969/70 Turandot Program

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© Chris Bennion
MARVELLEE CARIAGA as Fricka

Hear the mezzo who was Seattle’s original Queen of the Gods.

(l-r) Ernest Adams, Aurelio Fabiani, Glynn Ross, Rudolph Kruger, and Dr. Arturo di Filippi (1970’s)
1970 Opera America Conceived

with Glenn Ross in 1970

1978-79 La Boheme Cover
1978/79 La Boheme Program

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1977/78 Boris Godunov Cover
1977/78 Boris Godunov Program

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© Stewart Reif
1977 Le roi de Lahore

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

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

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© Des Gates
1972 Lucia di Lammermoor

Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.

1979 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
1979 Ring Program

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© Chris Bennion
1979 Ring

Edward Sooter made a great addition to our Ring cast at its fifth consecutive summer.

1976/77 Tosca Cover
1976/77 Tosca Program

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1969/70 Salome Cover
1969/70 Salome Program

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© Chris Bennion
THE RING in English

Listen to excerpts from Seattle Opera’s English-language RINGS!

1972/73 Manon Lescaut Cover
1972/73 Manon Lescaut Program

Program for 1972/73 Manon Lescaut–the production that launched our Scenic Studios and Costume Shop.

1974/75 Mefistofele Cover
1974/75 Mefistofele Program

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© Des Gates
1973 Manon Lescaut

Our first production directed, designed, and built entirely in-house!

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

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1975 Der Rosenkavalier

A huge cast assembled for Strauss’s great comedy.

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

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© Des Gates
1972 Faust

Starring Norman Treigle as the devil!

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

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© Des Gates
1977 Madama Butterfly

Korean soprano Sung-Sook Lee was Seattle Opera’s second Butterfly.

1975/76 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
1976 Ring Program

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© Stewart Reif
1978 Falstaff

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

1977/78 Falstaff Cover
1977/78 Falstaff Program

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1972/73 Faust Cover
1972/73 Faust Program

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© Chris Bennion
1978 Carmen

A 1978 production of Bizet’s thrilling opera.

© Peter Riches
1970 Madama Butterfly

Seattle Opera’s first production of Puccini’s beloved tragedy.

© Des Gates
1973 Rigoletto

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

© Stewart Reif
1979 La boheme

Archie Drake’s first outing as Benoit/Alcindoro–a role he owned for decades at Seattle Opera.

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1974 Barber of Seville

A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.

© Chris Bennion
1979 Faust

Erich Parce makes his Seattle Opera debut.

© Chris Bennion
1975 Ring

The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.

1970/71 Don Carlo Cover
1970/71 Don Carlo Program

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© Des Gates
1971 La boheme

Our second production of Puccini’s perennially popular tragedy.

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

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1979-80 La traviata Cover
1979/80 La Traviata Program

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1974/75 Manon Cover
1974/75 Manon Program

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1977 Tosca
1975/76 Thais Cover
1975/76 Thais Program

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1978-79 Norma Cover
1978/79 Norma Program

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1976/77 Werther Cover
1976/77 Werther Program

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

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© Des Gates
RING in English: Archie Drake as Gunther and James McCray as Siegfried

Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English!

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1971 Tommy

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

© Chris Bennion
1979 Don Giovanni

A great star, but a compromised performance!

© Chris Bennion
DENNIS BAILEY as Froh

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s resident tenor in the ’70s!

1973/74 Siegfried Cover
1973/74 Siegfried Program

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© Des Gates
1970 Les contes d’Hoffmann

Joan Sutherland wowed the opera-goers of Seattle in 1970 by singing all three ladies in “The Tales of Hoffmann.”

1971/72 Fliegende Hollander Cover
1971/72 The Flying Dutchman Program

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1978-79 Macbeth Cover
1978/79 Macbeth Program

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© Howard Staples
1973 Daughter of the Regiment

Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!

© Des Gates
1975 Götterdämmerung

The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera!