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