The return of this great American work, first performed in Seattle in 1970.
A fantastic cast brings Bizet’s stunning opera alive.
Explore the 1974/75 Mefistofele Program!
Italian baritone Matteo Manuguerra shines in Seattle Opera’s second staging of Rigoletto.
A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!
Remarks from the award ceremony
Explore the 1970/71 Don Carlo Program!
with Glenn Ross in 1970
Explore the 1978/79 Macbeth Program!
Explore the 1977/78 The King of Lahore Program!
Cinderella comes to Seattle Opera for the first time.
Explore the 1969/70 Turandot Program!
Explore the 1972/73 Die Walküre Program!
Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer.
Explore the 1975/76 Aida Program!
A 1978 production of Bizet’s thrilling opera.
A pioneer opera education program, which later became a model for programs nationwide.
as told by Julian Patrick
Wagner’s rollicking sea yarn came to Seattle with a famous cast.
“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!
Explore the 1969/70 Force of Destiny Program!
Hear Seattle’s first malevolent Lord of the Ring.
Explore the 1978/79 Don Giovanni Program!
Explore the 1970/71Madama Butterfly Program!
Hear the bass who was with us from before the beginning.
Explore the 1971/72 Black Widow Program!
Program for 1972/73 Manon Lescaut–the production that launched our Scenic Studios and Costume Shop.
Explore the 1971/72 La Boheme Program!
Explore the 1976/77 Cinderella Program!
A second Ring opera is added to Seattle’s repertory.
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s resident tenor in the ’70s!
A cast substitution with unexpected results.
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s first Music and Education Director!
Explore the 1974/75 Gotterdammerung Program!
Explore the 1979/80 Queen of Spades Program!
Our first production directed, designed, and built entirely in-house!
A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.
Explore the 1973/74 Cosi Fan Tutte Program!
Explore the 1976/77 Of Mice and Men Program!
Explore the 1976 Ring Program!
Explore the program for our Summer 1981 Wagner festival, featuring the Ring and Tristan and Isolde.
Seattle Opera’s first production of Mozart’s great fairy-tale.
How Glynn Ross organized the two casts necessary for presenting opera in Seattle.
Explore the 1974/75 Il Trovatore Program!
Explore the 1970/71 Marriage of Figaro Program!
Joan Sutherland wowed the opera-goers of Seattle in 1970 by singing all three ladies in “The Tales of Hoffmann.”
Seattle Opera’s first-ever performance of Mozart’s intriguing comedy.
Explore the 1979/80 Fidelio Program!
Seattle Opera’s first production of Verdi’s comic Shakespearean masterpiece.
A multi-national cast brought Verdi’s tuneful melodrama to Seattle.
Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.
Explore the 1977 Ring Program.
Explore the 1975/76 Der Rosenkavalier Program!
Explore the 1979 Ring Program!
A huge cast assembled for Strauss’s great comedy.
Seattle Opera’s first Norma featured powerful singing from Cristina Deutekom.
Nicola Ghiuselev sang the title role in Russian, and Giorgio Tozzi sang it in English!
Explore the 1974/75 Barber of Seville Program!
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!
Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde.
The world’s first ‘rock opera’ was Bette Midler’s only Seattle Opera appearance!
A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.
Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!
Explore the 1971/72 Flying Dutchman Program!
Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.
An Aida featuring several RING singers.
A great star, but a compromised performance!
Explore the 1972/73 La Perichole Program!
Explore the 1973/74 Rigoletto Program!
Explore the 1976/77 Werther Program!
Excerpt from The Journal of the Wagner Society of Northern California
Edward Sooter made a great addition to our Ring cast at its fifth consecutive summer.
Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English!
Mary Costa and Leo Goeke sang Massenet’s unfortunate lovers.
Explore the 1970/71 Carmen Program!
Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English!
Listen to excerpts from Seattle Opera’s English-language RINGS!
Explore the 1976/77 Tosca Program!
Explore the 1976/77 Otello Program!
Explore the 1978/79 Norma Program!
Starring Norman Treigle as the devil!
Seattle Opera’s first production of Puccini’s beloved tragedy.
350 schoolchildren starred in a Seattle Opera production in 1973!
Mary Costa was an attractive Desdemona.
Our only performance of this charming operetta.
Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!
This Sarajevo Opera production starred some of Yugoslavia’s greatest singers.
Explore the 1975/76 The Seagull Program!
as told by composer Carlisle Floyd
Explore the 1977/78 Magic Flute Program!
Explore the 1971/72 A Masked Ball Program!
Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.
Explore the 1979/80 Faust Program!
Klara Barlow was Seattle’s first necrophilic nymphomaniac princess.
A new Brünnhilde headlined our second complete cycle.
The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.
Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.
Explore the 1974/75 Manon Progarm!
Explore the 1972/73 Faust Program!
Explore the 1969/70 Of Mice and Men Program!
Explore the 1978/79 La Boheme Program!
Opera education and outreach, ’70s-style!
Explore the 1973/74 Siegfried Program!
Polish soprano Zdizislawa Donat was a memorable Lucia.
A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.
Explore the 1978/79 Carmen Program!
Featuring the meltingly honeyed voice of Leo Goeke in the title role.
Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.
Explore the 1969/70 Salome Program!
Explore the 1977/78 Falstaff Program!
Our second production of Puccini’s perennially popular tragedy.
Explore the 1970/71 Tales of Hoffmann Program!
Archie Drake’s first outing as Benoit/Alcindoro–a role he owned for decades at Seattle Opera.
Explore the 1979/80 La Traviata Program!
Fiorenza Cossotto stole the show with “O don fatale.”
Explore the 1971/72 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
Erich Parce makes his Seattle Opera debut.
The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera!
Explore the 1978 Ring Program!
Hear the voice of Noel Tyl, one of our first Wotans.
Glynn Ross comissioned a new Pasatieri chamber opera for a church in Medina.
Explore the 1977/78 Madama Butterfly Program!
Korean soprano Sung-Sook Lee was Seattle Opera’s second Butterfly.
Explore the 1975/76 Eugene Onegin Program!
Explore the 1975/76 Thais Program!
Explore the 1979/80 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
Explore the 1969/70 Die Fledermaus Program!
Explore the 1972/73 La Traviata Program!
Explore the 1977/78 Boris Godunov Program!
Explore the 1973/74 Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci Program!
Explore the 1973/74 Daughter of the Regiment Program!
World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!
Hear the mezzo who was Seattle’s original Queen of the Gods.
Explore the 1974/75 Ring Program!
Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.