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