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1983 Peter Grimes

Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.

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1980 Aida

A splendid production of Verdi’s masterpiece–complete with live horses!

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1987: Leonie Rysanek as Sieglinde

The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!

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1981 Tristan und Isolde

Our first production of Wagner’s great song of love and death.

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Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.

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1980 RING

By 1980, Seattle’s Ring was a well-known west coast cultural phenomenon.

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1986 RING

The first complete presentation of the imaginative Rochaix/Israel Ring 2.

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1987 Porgy and Bess

Gershwin’s fan favorite comes to life for the first time on the Seattle Opera stage.

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1989: Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing

Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.

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1985 Lucia di Lammermoor

Despair, madness, and revenge fill the stage in Donizetti’s classic Lucia di Lammermoor.

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1984: Dale Duesing as Wolfram

Duesing implores the Evening Star to bear his love to the lady of his heart.

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1985-1995 RING 2

Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.

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1986 Tosca

Puccini’s classic Tosca returns with Ghena Dimitrova.

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1982 Il trovatore

A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.

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1988 Orphée et Eurydice

Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.

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1987 Magic Flute

Maurice Sendak’s beautiful production of Mozart’s fairy-tale.

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1980 La traviata

Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco was a beautiful Violetta.

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1988 La Traviata

Carol Vaness takes on the role of Violetta in Verdi’s classic.

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1983 Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci

One of the more successful productions from Speight Jenkins’ first season.

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1980 Les contes d’Hoffmann

Ashley Putnam took on all three heroines in this production of Offenbach’s masterpiece.

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1989 Madama Butterfly

Barbara Daniels impresses in this production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

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La Sonnambula 1983

The only Seattle Opera appearance of powerhouse bass Cesare Siepi.

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1984 The Ballad of Baby Doe

“Gold is a Fine Thing” and many more celebrated arias can be found in this American opera.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 84 RING

Speight’s story of saving his first-ever RING from disaster.

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1982 Carmen

A seductive production of Carmen that had it all.

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1988 Roméo and Juliette

Vinson Cole and Kathryn Gameroni were affectingly romantic as the star-crossed lovers.

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1989 Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s beloved comedy performed by an adorable young cast.

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1981 Manon Lescaut

Carol Neblett made her debut as Puccini’s coquette.

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1984 La forza del destino

Famed translator and music critic Andrew Porter made his directorial debut.

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1983 La fanciulla del West
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1982 Rigoletto

Rigoletto continues to be a fan favorite with this luxurious 1982 production.

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1988 Die Fledermaus

Starring Dale Duesing as Eisenstein!

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1989 The Flying Dutchman
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1985 Manon

The Seattle debut of Carol Vaness, a favorite soprano of the Seattle audience.

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1981 Ring

A new Siegfried added to the excitement of Seattle Opera’s most ambitious summer program yet.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 87 RING

Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.

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1986 Così fan tutte

Mozart’s problem comedy—with a time machine!

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1980 The Queen Of Spades

Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.

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1984 Ring

The last summer for Ring 1!

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Siegfried’s Bear

Perhaps the wildest animal ever to appear on our stage…

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Speight remembers how supertitles came to Seattle Opera.

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1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.

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1986 Don Pasquale

Donizetti’s cautionary tale about an old man with a young wife.

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JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!

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1983 Ring

The final cycle produced by Glynn Ross.

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1989 Werther

Seattle favorite Dale Duesing starred in the ‘baritone’ version of Massenet’s tragedy.

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1987 Carmen

Bizet’s sexy gypsy returns to the main stage!

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1986 Salome

Josephine Barstow was “a soprano of pantherlike grace and searing intensity.”

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 86 RING

How the first go-around of “Ring 2” had some strengths and some weaknesses.

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1981 Turandot

Glynn Ross’s third and final Turandot–a production worthy of an MGM Bible epic spectacular!

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1985 Die Walküre

The moment when the difference between Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross became apparent!

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Explore the program for our Summer 1981 Wagner festival, featuring the Ring and Tristan and Isolde.

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1987 Ring

Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!

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1982 Madama Butterfly
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1983 Marriage of Figaro

Starring Kaaren Erickson as Susanna.

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Roger Roloff as Wotan

Hear the bass-baritone who often sang Wotan in Seattle in the ’80s.

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Geraldine Decker as Erda

Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.

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1985 Elixir of Love

Donizetti’s charming comedy about a magic bottle of wine.

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Speight learns to listen to young people at final dress rehearsals.

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Seattle Opera’s Heroic Prop Master

Pete Olds’ quick-thinking saves the day.

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1982 Ring

A game of musical chairs ensued when several Ring singers switched parts.

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1980 Fidelio

Starring Seattle’s Siegfried and Brünnhilde, Herbert Becker and Ute Vinzing.

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1984 Elektra

Janice Yoes, then Seattle’s Brünnhilde, took on the fearsome title role.

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1986 Eugene Onegin

Starring Dale Duesing, Peter Kazaras, Judith Haddon, and Geri Decker.

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1987 Otello

Starring the young Carol Vaness as Desdemona.

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1988 Satyagraha

Philip Glass’s minimalist opera about nonviolent resistance.

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Speight remembers when the “Shiite Wagnerites” demanded his head.

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1984 Tannhäuser

For Seattle Opera’s only production of this masterpiece, we projected titles above the stage for the first time.

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1982 Barber of Seville

Starring June Anderson as Rosina!

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1987 Faust

Francesca Zambello’s production boasted “theatrical virtues equaled only by a vintage MGM spectacular.”

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1988 Rigoletto

A beautiful Renaissance-era production of the Verdi classic.

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1985 Jenůfa

Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!

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1981 Don Pasquale

Sir Geraint Evans returns!

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1982 Abduction from the Seraglio

Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.

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1982 “Hollywood Die Fledermaus!”

The world’s favorite operetta, starring several popular television stars of the day.

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1989 Il Trovatore

Back on the mainstage, Verdi’s Il Trovatore impresses again.

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1985 La Bohème

This cast of singers play Puccini’s bohemians in the classic tale of young love and despair.

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