The last summer for Ring 1!
Explore the 1984/85 Jenufa Program!
Speight remembers when the “Shiite Wagnerites” demanded his head.
Maurice Sendak’s beautiful production of Mozart’s fairy-tale.
Explore the 1983/84 Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliaci Program!
Puccini’s classic Tosca returns with Ghena Dimitrova.
Explore the 1986/87 Porgy and Bess Program!
Explore the 1988/89 Madama Butterfly Program!
Explore the program for our Summer 1981 Wagner festival, featuring the Ring and Tristan and Isolde.
Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.
Seattle favorite Dale Duesing starred in the ‘baritone’ version of Massenet’s tragedy.
Explore the 1987/88 Orpheus and Eurydice Program!
Philip Glass’s minimalist opera about nonviolent resistance.
Duesing implores the Evening Star to bear his love to the lady of his heart.
Explore the 1980/81 Don Pasquale Program!
Mozart’s problem comedy—with a time machine!
Explore the 1982/83 Peter Grimes Program!
Explore the 1980/81 Aida Program!
The final cycle produced by Glynn Ross.
Explore the 1984 Ring Program!
Explore the 1989/90 The Tales of Hoffmann Program!
Speight remembers how supertitles came to Seattle Opera.
Explore the 1989/90 Marriage of Figaro Program!
Explore the 1985/86 Salome Program!
Explore the 1979/80 Queen of Spades Program!
Hear the bass-baritone who often sang Wotan in Seattle in the ’80s.
Explore the 1981/82 Abduction from the Seraglio Program!
Explore the 1987/88 Carmen Program!
Explore the 1985/86 Cosi fan tutte Program!
Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.
Explore the 1981/82 Madama Butterfly Program!
The first complete presentation of the imaginative Rochaix/Israel Ring 2.
Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.
The world’s favorite operetta, starring several popular television stars of the day.
A seductive production of Carmen that had it all.
Carol Vaness takes on the role of Violetta in Verdi’s classic.
This cast of singers play Puccini’s bohemians in the classic tale of young love and despair.
Despair, madness, and revenge fill the stage in Donizetti’s classic Lucia di Lammermoor.
Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.
Explore the 1981/82 Rigoletto Program!
Josephine Barstow was “a soprano of pantherlike grace and searing intensity.”
Explore the 1984/85 Elixir of Love Program!
Explore the 1980 Ring Program!
Explore the 1985/86 Eugene Onegin Program!
Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.
Francesca Zambello’s production boasted “theatrical virtues equaled only by a vintage MGM spectacular.”
Explore the 1988/89 Romeo and Juliet Program!
Speight learns to listen to young people at final dress rehearsals.
Explore the 1979/80 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
A splendid production of Verdi’s masterpiece–complete with live horses!
Explore the 1986/87 Otello Program!
Starring the young Carol Vaness as Desdemona.
Pete Olds’ quick-thinking saves the day.
Explore the 1988/89 Satyagraha Program!
Explore the 1987/88 Die Fledermaus Program!
Explore the 1983 Ring Program!
A serenade gone hilariously wrong!
Explore the 1981/82 Turandot Program!
Explore the 1980/81 Tristan and Isolde Program!
By 1980, Seattle’s Ring was a well-known west coast cultural phenomenon.
Explore the 1989/90 Master-Singers of Nuremberg Program!
Ashley Putnam took on all three heroines in this production of Offenbach’s masterpiece.
Explore the 1989/90 Il Trovatore Program!
Glynn Ross’s third and final Turandot–a production worthy of an MGM Bible epic spectacular!
Explore the 1979/80 Fidelio Program!
Back on the mainstage, Verdi’s Il Trovatore impresses again.
Explore the 1980/81 Manon Lescaut Program!
Explore the 1984/85 Tannhäuser Program!
Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.
Sir Geraint Evans returns!
Explore the 1982/82 Il Trovatore Program!
Our first production of Wagner’s great song of love and death.
Janice Yoes, then Seattle’s Brünnhilde, took on the fearsome title role.
Explore the 1987/88 Rigoletto Program!
Bizet’s sexy gypsy returns to the main stage!
Donizetti’s charming comedy about a magic bottle of wine.
Explore the 1989/90 Daughter of the Regiment Program!
The moment when the difference between Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross became apparent!
Explore the 1985/86 Manon Program!
Explore the 1983/84 Force of Destiny Program!
Explore the 1984/85 La Boheme Program!
How the first go-around of “Ring 2” had some strengths and some weaknesses.
Explore the 1988/89 Flying Dutchman Program!
Explore the 1982/83 Girl of the Golden West Program!
Starring Dale Duesing as Eisenstein!
Explore the 1988/89 Werther Program!
Explore the 1982/83 Barber of Seville Program!
Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.
A beautiful Renaissance-era production of the Verdi classic.
Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!
The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!
Explore the 1984/85 Ballad of Baby Doe Program!
Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco was a beautiful Violetta.
Starring Seattle’s Siegfried and Brünnhilde, Herbert Becker and Ute Vinzing.
Explore the 1985/86 Die Walküre Program!
Vinson Cole and Kathryn Gameroni were affectingly romantic as the star-crossed lovers.
Explore the 1988/89 La Traviata Program!
Gershwin’s fan favorite comes to life for the first time on the Seattle Opera stage.
Explore the 1980/81 Tales of Hoffmann Program!
Explore the 1983/84 Elektra Program!
Explore the 1986/87 Don Pasquale Program!
A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.
Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.
For Seattle Opera’s only production of this masterpiece, we projected titles above the stage for the first time.
Rigoletto continues to be a fan favorite with this luxurious 1982 production.
Explore the 1986 Ring Program!
Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.
Explore the 1982/83 Carmen Program!
Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.
Perhaps the wildest animal ever to appear on our stage…
Explore the 1979/80 La Traviata Program!
Explore the 1979/80 Faust Program!
A new Siegfried added to the excitement of Seattle Opera’s most ambitious summer program yet.
“Gold is a Fine Thing” and many more celebrated arias can be found in this American opera.
Barbara Daniels impresses in this production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
Donizetti’s cautionary tale about an old man with a young wife.
Starring Dale Duesing, Peter Kazaras, Judith Haddon, and Geri Decker.
The only Seattle Opera appearance of powerhouse bass Cesare Siepi.
The Seattle debut of Carol Vaness, a favorite soprano of the Seattle audience.
Starring Kaaren Erickson as Susanna.
Explore the 1983/84 Marriage of Figaro Program!
One of the more successful productions from Speight Jenkins’ first season.
Carol Neblett made her debut as Puccini’s coquette.
Explore the 1986/87 Faust Program!
Explore the 1986/87 Tosca Program!
Mozart’s beloved comedy performed by an adorable young cast.
Explore the 1982 Ring Program!
Explore the 1981/82 Die Fledermaus Program!
Famed translator and music critic Andrew Porter made his directorial debut.
A game of musical chairs ensued when several Ring singers switched parts.
Explore the 1987/88 Magic FluteM Program!
Starring June Anderson as Rosina!
Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!
Explore the 1983/84 La Sonnambula Program!
Explore the 1987 Ring Program!
Speight’s story of saving his first-ever RING from disaster.
Explore the 1985/86 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!