This revival of Nicholas Muni’s 1989 production, set in a strange dreamscape, starred Gordon Hawkins, fast becoming Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice, as Count Di Luna.
Mirth and madness from the master of operatic mayhem!
Explore the 1994/95 Madama Butterfly Program!
Maurice Sendak designed this charming production of an opera beloved by all ages.
Hear two of the great Wagner voices of our time, at the peak of their powers.
An attractive young cast was terrific in this beloved opera about tragic young love.
Check out the production which caused the first-ever Seattle Times opera-related phone-in poll!
Explore the 1999/2000 Magic Flute Program
Explore the 1989/90 Il Trovatore Program!
Explore the 1990/91 Cavalleria Rusticana and Gianni Schicchi Program!
Dale Duesing played a Union soldier in over his head in post-Civil War South Carolina.
Explore the 1989/90 Dialogues of the Carmelites Program!
Explore the 1995 Ring Program!
Local favorites Vinson Cole, Sally Wolf, and Dale Duesing took on Puccini’s bohemians.
The stunning debut of one of our favorite sopranos!
The greatest American opera came to Seattle in a production organized by Houston Grand Opera.
Explore the 1993/94 Turn of the Screw Program!
Images from the first few years of our Young Artists Program!
RING 2 achieved widespread acceptance this summer, and the number of performances increased to three.
Explore the 1994/95 Cunning Little Vixen Program!
A lovely Tosca faced off against a vile Scarpia in this fine production.
Beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade’s only Seattle Opera appearance!
One of our favorite baritones sings Alberich’s curse.
Dale Chihuly’s designs matched Debussy’s evocative, translucent music perfectly.
Explore the 1997/98 Der Rosenkavalier Program!
An adorable young cast in Mozart’s whirligig comedy.
Listen to one of Puccini’s most beloved melodies.
Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.
Explore the 1992/93 Barber of Seville Program!
A penguin-crocodile, floating coloratura queen, and befeathered Nathan Gunn delighted audiences in this final production of the millenium.
Aida set in a 19th century Museum of Egyptology? This Rochaix/Israel production intrigued some and baffled others.
“Death with honor before life with dishonor!” A strong production of Puccini’s great tragedy.
Explore the 1993/94 Norma Program!
Our only production of the Poulenc masterpiece.
Beethoven’s epic story of love, power, deception, and perseverance.
Explore the 1997/98 Marriage of Figaro Program!
Explore the 1992/93 Passion of Jonathan Wade Program!
A rare summer performance of a Verdi classic!
Explore the 1990/91 War and Peace Program!
Enter a frozen world ruled by a harsh ice princess–at your own risk!
Explore the 1996/97 La Traviata Program!
Explore the 1990/91Don Giovanni Program!
Explore the 1993/94 Don Carlos Program!
Our only production of this intriguing American work.
Explore the 1993/94 Hansel and Gretel Program!
Explore the 1998/99 Don Giovanni Program!
Explore the 1994/95 Rigoletto Program!
Wagner News: “An opera experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.
Madness at Mycenae! Gerard Schwarz conducted this Greek-inspired tragic psychological thriller.
Seven magic bullets consecrated to the devil wreak havoc in this, the original German Romantic opera.
Explore the 1996/97 Il Trovatore Program!
Catch a glimpse of Seattle Opera’s first and only production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.
Explore the 1989/90 The Tales of Hoffmann Program!
Seattle Opera’s first production of the show featuring opera’s most gorgeous tenor-baritone duet!
The final outing of Ring 2 was a great success, artistically—and financially!
Explore the 1991/92 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
Explore the 1991/92 Cosi fan tutte Program!
Explore the 1999/2000 Der Freischutz Program!
Offenbach’s masterpiece, in a lovely Gunther Schneider-Siemssen production.
Listen to some of Mozart’s greatest music, from performances in 1999 and 2011.
Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!
Images highlighting 1990’s Cavalleria Rusticana
Hear Harolyn Blackwell’s award-winning “Caro nome.”
A soprano turned into a butterfly at the climax of Seattle Opera’s first Spanish-language opera!
Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.
Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!
The playboy is punished! This Don G featured a heroic Ottavio and a despicable Giovanni.
A great artist in an unforgettable scene.
A haunting and memorable production of what is often considered Britten’s masterpiece.
Explore the 1991/92 La Boheme Program!
A sumptuous production of Richard Strauss’s most popular opera.
Explore the 1999 Young Artists Program The Marriage of Figaro Program!
The once-controversial “Ring 2” finally earns complete acceptance.
Renée Fleming’s debut as Dvořák’s little mermaid.
Drag, disguise, and dummies make Die Fledermaus one of the world’s most popular operettas!
Explore the 1990/91 Rusalka Program!
Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.
A beautiful (and beautifully sung) production of one of the most Romantic French operas.
Explore the 1994/95 Lohengrin Program!
Angels aloft! And sliding down a giant playground slide in this familiar fairy-tale.
Explore the 1996/97 Xerxes Program!
Harolyn Blackwell’s Seattle Opera debut!
Explore the 1995/96 Elektra Program!
Explore the 1997/98 La Boheme Program!
None who were there will ever forget Jane Eaglen’s stunning Seattle Opera debut!
Greer Grimsley’s first Wagner opera—complete with giant animatronic swan!
Explore the 1990/91 Anna Bolena Program!
Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.
Superstar tenor required! Ben Heppner was the first Andrea Chénier at Seattle Opera since Franco Corelli in 1968.
Explore the 1990/91 Ariadne auf Naxos Program!
An amusing production of Mozart’s beloved comedy.
Explore the 1994/95 Porgy and Bess Program!
Perhaps the wildest animal ever to appear on our stage…
Explore the 1991/92 Fidelio Program!
Explore the 1998 Young Artists Program Cosi fan tutte Program!
A great Italian American soprano in her Seattle Opera debut.
Explore the 1998/99 Die Fledermaus Program!
Richard Stilwell, Sheri Greenawald, Vinson Cole and others starred in Mozart’s thought-provoking comedy.
Explore the 1998/99 Vanessa Program!
The climax of Don Magnifico’s ridiculous “dream” aria.
Speight finds a new Siegfried–after the final dress rehearsal!
Explore the 1998/99 Tristan and Isolde Program!
Explore the 1998/99 Faust Program!
Explore the 1992/93 Pelléas et Mélisande Program!
A Cinderella comedy without the glass slipper–but with a hilariously pompous stepfather and a rogue servant.
Explore the 1999/2000 Lakme Program!
This charming folk opera returned to Seattle Opera with an all-new cast.
Explore the 1995/96 Carmen Program!
Images highlighting 1991’s Anna Bolena
Images highlighting 1991’s Ariadne of Naxos
Explore the 1995/96 Cinderella Program!
Hear Robert Orth sing “Da geh’ ich zu Maxims”!
A lovesick dope wins the help of his special lady with a magic love potion that’s really cheap red wine.
Hear the performance that won Ben Heppner’s the Artist-of-the-Year Award!
Sally Wolf won Artist of the Year this season for her extraordinary Lucia.
Explore the 1997/98 Florencia in the Amazon Program!
Explore the 1999/2000 Barber of Seville Program!
Verdi’s most ambitious opera came thrillingly to life in this spectacular production.
Renee Fleming made her Seattle Opera debut in one of her greatest roles.
Two spectacular voices, early in their careers, brought an unknown masterpiece to Seattle.
Explore the 1995/96 Andrea Chenier Program!
Don Giovanni as Seattle had never seen it before!
Listen to Sally Wolf’s award-winning LUCIA Mad Scene!
Explore the 1989/90 Marriage of Figaro Program!
Explore the 1993/94 Tosca Program!
Listen to Sheri Greenawald’s award-winning performance as Catan’s Florencia.
Hear Brian Asawa’s award-winning performance in Xerxes!
Our colorful first production of the Strauss-Hofmannsthal charmer!
Explore the 1992/93 Aida Program!
Explore the 1996/97 Werther Program!
Explore the 1990/91 Ballad of Baby Doe Program!
Explore the 1992/93 The Merry Widow Program!
Explore the 1993/94 The Pearl Fishers Program!
Explore the 1989/90 Daughter of the Regiment Program!
Explore the 1997/98 Elixir of Love Program!
Gordon Hawkins became Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice with this production.
Explore the 1996/97 Turandot Program!
Explore the 1991 Ring Program!
Images highlighting 1990’s Gianni Schicchi
Explore the 1999/2000 Boris Godunov Program!