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