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