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