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1976 Of Mice and Men

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

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1971 Carmen

A fantastic cast brings Bizet’s stunning opera alive.

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1974/75 Mefistofele Program

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1973 Rigoletto

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

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THOMAS PASATIERI at SEATTLE OPERA

A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!

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Glynn Ross Receives 1972 First Citizen Award

Remarks from the award ceremony

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1970/71 Don Carlo Program

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(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

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1978/79 Macbeth Program

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1977/78 The King of Lahore Program

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1977 La Cenerentola

Cinderella comes to Seattle Opera for the first time.

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1969/70 Turandot Program

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1972/73 Die Walküre Program

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1978 Ring

Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer.

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1975/76 Aida Program

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1978 Carmen

A 1978 production of Bizet’s thrilling opera.

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Opera By Children

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

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The Casting of George, Of Mice and Men

as told by Julian Patrick

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1972 Der Fliegende Holländer

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

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1976: Seattle Opera’s Early Valkyries

“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!

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1969/70 La forza del destino Program

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1973 La Traviata
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MALCOLM RIVERS as Alberich

Hear Seattle’s first malevolent Lord of the Ring.

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1978/79 Don Giovanni Program

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1970/71 Madama Butterfly Program

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WILLIAM WILDERMANN as Hagen

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

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1971/72 Black Widow Program

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1972/73 Manon Lescaut Program

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

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1971/72 La Boheme Program

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1976/77 La Cenerentola Program

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1974 Siegfried

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

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1971 Un ballo in maschera
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DENNIS BAILEY as Froh

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

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Two Languages in the ’76 WALKÜRE Death-Announcement Scene

A cast substitution with unexpected results.

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HENRY HOLT On Opera In English

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

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1974/75 Gotterdammerung Program

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1973 Manon Lescaut

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

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1974 Barber of Seville

A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.

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1973/74 Cosi fan tutte Program

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1976/77 Of Mice and Men Program

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1976 Ring Program

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1981 Ring & Tristan Program

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

© Stewart Reif
1978 Magic Flute

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

© Stewart Reif
National and International Casts

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

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1974/75 Il Trovatore Program

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1970/71 The Marriage of Figaro 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.”

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1974 Così fan tutte

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

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1979/80 Fidelio Program

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© Stewart Reif
1978 Falstaff

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

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1975 Il trovatore

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

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1970 La Forza del Destino
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1970 Of Mice and Men

Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.

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1977 Ring Program

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1975/76 Der Rosenkavalier Progarm

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1979 Ring Program

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1975 Der Rosenkavalier

A huge cast assembled for Strauss’s great comedy.

© Stewart Reif
1978 Norma

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

© Stewart Reif
1978 Boris Godunov

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

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1974/75 The Barber of Seville Program

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GLYNN ROSS Welcomes You To The RING

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

© Chris Bennion
1977 Ring

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

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1971 Tommy

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

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1974 Mefistofele

A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.

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1973 Daughter of the Regiment

Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!

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1971/72 The Flying Dutchman Program

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1972 Lucia di Lammermoor

Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.

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1976 Aida

An Aida featuring several RING singers.

© Chris Bennion
1979 Don Giovanni

A great star, but a compromised performance!

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1972/73 La Perichole Program

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1973/74 Rigoletto Program

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1976/77 Werther Program

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© Chris Bennion
1979 Macbeth
From Glenn Ross archives.
Glynn Ross on Forging a Ring

Excerpt from The Journal of the Wagner Society of Northern California

© Chris Bennion
1979 Ring

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

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

Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English!

© Howard Staples
1975 Manon

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

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1970/71 Carmen Program

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

Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English!

© Chris Bennion
THE RING in English

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

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1976/77 Tosca Program

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1976/77 Otello Program

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1972 Faust

Starring Norman Treigle as the devil!

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1970 Madama Butterfly

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

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1973 Noye’s Fludde

350 schoolchildren starred in a Seattle Opera production in 1973!

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1977 Otello

Mary Costa was an attractive Desdemona.

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1972 La Périchole

Our only performance of this charming operetta.

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1977 Le roi de Lahore

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

© Des Gates
1975 Eugene Onegin

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

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1975/76 The Seagull Program

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From Glenn Ross archives
The Premiere: Of Mice and Men

as told by composer Carlisle Floyd

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1977/78 The Magic Flute Program

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1970: Of Mice and Men World Premiere

Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.

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1979/80 Faust Program

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1970 Salome

Klara Barlow was Seattle’s first necrophilic nymphomaniac princess.

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1976 Ring

A new Brünnhilde headlined our second complete cycle.

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1975 Ring

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

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1976 The Seagull

Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.

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“What Is This Thing Called Opera?”

Opera education and outreach, ’70s-style!

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1973/74 Siegfried Program

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1979 Lucia di Lammermoor

Polish soprano Zdizislawa Donat was a memorable Lucia.

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The Cecilia Schultz Auditions

A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

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1978/79 Carmen Program

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1976 Werther

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

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1973 Die Walküre

Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.

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1969/70 Salome Program

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1977/78 Falstaff Program

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1971 La boheme

Our second production of Puccini’s perennially popular tragedy.

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1970/71 The Tales of Hoffmann Program

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1979 La boheme

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

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1979/80 La Traviata Program

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© Stewart Reif
1971 Don Carlo

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

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1971/72 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© Chris Bennion
1979 Faust

Erich Parce makes his Seattle Opera debut.

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1976 Thaïs
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1975 Götterdämmerung

The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera!

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1978 Ring Program

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RING in English: Noel Tyl as Wotan

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

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1971 Calvary Program

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

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1977/78 Madama Butterfly Program

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1977 Madama Butterfly

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

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1979/80 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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1973/74 Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci Program

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1973/74 Daughter of the Regiment Program

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1972 Black Widow

World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!

© Chris Bennion
MARVELLEE CARIAGA as Fricka

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

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1975/76 The Ring Program

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Geraldine Decker as Erda

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