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