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JULIAN PATRICK as Alberich

One of our favorite baritones sings Alberich’s curse.

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1995 Carmen

Check out the production which caused the first-ever Seattle Times opera-related phone-in poll!

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1990 Daughter of the Regiment

Harolyn Blackwell’s Seattle Opera debut!

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 95 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–after the final dress rehearsal!

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1994 Lohengrin

Greer Grimsley’s first Wagner opera—complete with giant animatronic swan!

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Artist of the Year: BRIAN ASAWA as Arsamene

Hear Brian Asawa’s award-winning performance in Xerxes!

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1994 Norma

None who were there will ever forget Jane Eaglen’s stunning Seattle Opera debut!

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1992 The Ballad of Baby Doe

This charming folk opera returned to Seattle Opera with an all-new cast.

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Siegfried’s Bear

Perhaps the wildest animal ever to appear on our stage…

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1993 Tosca

A lovely Tosca faced off against a vile Scarpia in this fine production.

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Artist of the Year: JANE EAGLEN as Norma

The stunning debut of one of our favorite sopranos!

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 98 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.

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1999 Vanessa

Our only production of this intriguing American work.

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1991 Ring

RING 2 achieved widespread acceptance this summer, and the number of performances increased to three.

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1998 Florencia en el Amazonas

A soprano turned into a butterfly at the climax of Seattle Opera’s first Spanish-language opera!

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The Magic Flute

Listen to some of Mozart’s greatest music, from performances in 1999 and 2011.

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1997 Werther

A beautiful (and beautifully sung) production of one of the most Romantic French operas.

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1994 The Cunning Little Vixen

Maurice Sendak designed this charming production of an opera beloved by all ages.

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1998 La bohème

An attractive young cast was terrific in this beloved opera about tragic young love.

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1990 Gianni Schicchi

Images highlighting 1990’s Gianni Schicchi

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Artist of the Year: ROBERT ORTH as Danilo

Hear Robert Orth sing “Da geh’ ich zu Maxims”!

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Artist of the Year: SHERI GREENAWALD as Florencia

Listen to Sheri Greenawald’s award-winning performance as Catan’s Florencia.

© Gary Smith
1999 Der Freischütz

Seven magic bullets consecrated to the devil wreak havoc in this, the original German Romantic opera.

© Gary Smith
1999 YAP Le nozze di Figaro

An adorable young cast in Mozart’s whirligig comedy.

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1985-1995 RING 2

Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.

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1992 The Passion of Jonathan Wade

Dale Duesing played a Union soldier in over his head in post-Civil War South Carolina.

© Gary Smith
1994 Hansel und Gretel

Angels aloft! And sliding down a giant playground slide in this familiar fairy-tale.

© Gery Smith
1991 Fidelio

Beethoven’s epic story of love, power, deception, and perseverance.

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1995 Porgy and Bess

The greatest American opera came to Seattle in a production organized by Houston Grand Opera.

© Gary Smith
1993 Pelléas et Mélisande

Dale Chihuly’s designs matched Debussy’s evocative, translucent music perfectly.

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1999 Don Giovanni

The playboy is punished! This Don G featured a heroic Ottavio and a despicable Giovanni.

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Florence Quivar Sings Azucena’s Narrative

A great artist in an unforgettable scene.

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1991 Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni as Seattle had never seen it before!

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Artist of the Year: SALLY WOLF as Lucia

Listen to Sally Wolf’s award-winning LUCIA Mad Scene!

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1997 Xerxes

Beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade’s only Seattle Opera appearance!

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1997 Der Rosenkavalier

A sumptuous production of Richard Strauss’s most popular opera.

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1990 Les contes d’Hoffmann

Offenbach’s masterpiece, in a lovely Gunther Schneider-Siemssen production.

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Artist of the Year: HAROLYN BLACKWELL as Gilda

Hear Harolyn Blackwell’s award-winning “Caro nome.”

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1996 La Cenerentola

A Cinderella comedy without the glass slipper–but with a hilariously pompous stepfather and a rogue servant.

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1990 WAR AND PEACE

Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!

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Song to the Moon from RUSALKA

Renee Fleming made her Seattle Opera debut in one of her greatest roles.

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1997 Il trovatore

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.

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DON CARLOS Grand Inquisitor scene, with Paul Plishka and Gabor Andrasy

Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.

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1995 Ring

The final outing of Ring 2 was a great success, artistically—and financially!

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“La mamma morta” from ANDREA CHENIER

A great Italian American soprano in her Seattle Opera debut.

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Artist of the Year: JANE EAGLEN as Isolde, with Ben Heppner as Tristan

Hear two of the great Wagner voices of our time, at the peak of their powers.

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1996 Elektra

Madness at Mycenae! Gerard Schwarz conducted this Greek-inspired tragic psychological thriller.

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“O mio babbino caro” from GIANNI SCHICCHI

Listen to one of Puccini’s most beloved melodies.

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1992 Lucia di Lammermoor

Sally Wolf won Artist of the Year this season for her extraordinary Lucia.

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1998 Young Artists Program Founded

Images from the first few years of our Young Artists Program!

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1993 Don Carlos

Verdi’s most ambitious opera came thrillingly to life in this spectacular production.

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1991 Anna Bolena

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1994 Les pêcheurs de perles

Seattle Opera’s first production of the show featuring opera’s most gorgeous tenor-baritone duet!

© Gary Smith
1995 Madama Butterfly

“Death with honor before life with dishonor!” A strong production of Puccini’s great tragedy.

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1995 Rigoletto

Gordon Hawkins became Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice with this production.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 94 LOHENGRIN

Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!

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1994 The Turn of the Screw

A haunting and memorable production of what is often considered Britten’s masterpiece.

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1990 Cavalleria Rusticana

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1998 The Elixir of Love

A lovesick dope wins the help of his special lady with a magic love potion that’s really cheap red wine.

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1996 Andrea Chénier

Superstar tenor required! Ben Heppner was the first Andrea Chénier at Seattle Opera since Franco Corelli in 1968.

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Artist of the Year: BEN HEPPNER as Andrea Chenier

Hear the performance that won Ben Heppner’s the Artist-of-the-Year Award!

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1990: Ben Heppner and Renee Fleming as the Prince and Rusalka

Two spectacular voices, early in their careers, brought an unknown masterpiece to Seattle.

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1993 The Merry Widow

Catch a glimpse of Seattle Opera’s first and only production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

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1990 Rusalka

Renée Fleming’s debut as Dvořák’s little mermaid.

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1991 Ariadne auf Naxos

Our colorful first production of the Strauss-Hofmannsthal charmer!

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Friendship Duet from DON CARLOS, with Vinson Cole and William Stone

Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.

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1989 Dialogues des Carmelites

Our only production of the Poulenc masterpiece.

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1996 La traviata

A rare summer performance of a Verdi classic!

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1997 Le nozze di Figaro

An amusing production of Mozart’s beloved comedy.

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1999 Die Fledermaus

Drag, disguise, and dummies make Die Fledermaus one of the world’s most popular operettas!

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1992 Barber of Seville

Mirth and madness from the master of operatic mayhem!

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 91 RING

The once-controversial “Ring 2” finally earns complete acceptance.

© Gary Smith
1992 Aida

Aida set in a 19th century Museum of Egyptology? This Rochaix/Israel production intrigued some and baffled others.

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1990 War and Peace

Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.

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1999 Die Zauberflöte

A penguin-crocodile, floating coloratura queen, and befeathered Nathan Gunn delighted audiences in this final production of the millenium.

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1998 Tristan und Isolde

Wagner News: “An opera experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

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1991 La bohème

Local favorites Vinson Cole, Sally Wolf, and Dale Duesing took on Puccini’s bohemians.

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1996 Turandot

Enter a frozen world ruled by a harsh ice princess–at your own risk!

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1992 Cosi fan tutte

Richard Stilwell, Sheri Greenawald, Vinson Cole and others starred in Mozart’s thought-provoking comedy.

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JULIAN PATRICK as Don Magnifico

The climax of Don Magnifico’s ridiculous “dream” aria.