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