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