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