The first of three Verdi operas featured in our 2009/10 season.
Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien triumphed as Mozart’s seductive bad boy.
The first Young Artists Program opera directed by Peter Kazaras!
Listen to an amazing feat of bel canto virtuosity from one of our favorite tenors.
Explore the 2001/02 Madama Butterfly Program!
Explore the 2004/05 Tales of Hoffmann Program!
The “Green” Ring looked better than ever this summer.
A spectacular cast and walls that dripped blood made for a thrilling night of Verdi and Shakespeare.
Carol Vaness made her role debut as The Marschallin and Maestro Asher Fisch won Artist-of-the-Year honors for conducting this revival of Bruno Schwengl’s lavish production.
Britten’s Shakespeare, set in a magical boarding school!
The people of Russia acclaim their new Tsar–but strange harmonies in the clanging bells warn us that all is not well.
Grade-schoolers performing side-by-side with Seattle Opera Young Artists!
Explore the 2003/04 Carmen Program!
A stylish, sexy production of what’s been called the ‘perfect’ opera.
Based on the Eugene O’Neill play, and revised by the composer for Seattle Opera’s production.
Listen to one of Verdi’s most popular tunes!
Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Trouble in Tahiti & Rita Program!
Jonathan Miller’s startlingly contemporary production.
The first Jake Heggie opera performed at Seattle Opera.
Britten’s all-male nautical tragedy made its Seattle Opera debut in a spectacular production from Francesca Zambello, Alison Chitty, and Alan Burrett.
A touring production of Bernstein’s American masterpiece.
Watch scenes from this beautiful opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán!
The unseen heroes who bring it all together!
From the 2009 Ring
Mayor Greg Nickels honored Speight’s 25th with a proclamation.
Explore the 1999/2000 Boris Godunov Program!
Explore the 1999/2000 Magic Flute Program
This preview of our third RING production featured the first two operas in the cycle, presented in full one year later.
Speight remembers how the “Green” RING began its life.
Explore the 2006/07 Don Giovanni Program!
Three-minute complilation of footage from the final dress rehearsal of 2009’s DAS RHEINGOLD.
Explore the 2009/10 Falstaff Program!
Explore the 1999/2000 Der Freischutz Program!
Explore the 2000/01 Billy Budd Program!
Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan.
Explore the 2009 Ring Program!
Explore the 2009 Young Artists Program Cosi Fan Tutte Program!
Explore the 2004/05 Manon Lescaut Program!
Veteran Carol Vaness paired with emerging newcomer Jay Hunter Morris in this rarely presented Puccini tragedy.
The making of the Ring
“I think this is getting too silly!”
Explore the 1999/2000 Lakme Program!
Bizet’s exotic bonbon returns, starring William Burden.
An old fool makes the mistake of a lifetime when he marries a pretty young thing.
Starring future Artist-of-the-Year winners Lawrence Brownlee and Mary Elizabeth Williams!
Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.
Explore the 2000 Young Artists Program Don Giovanni Program!
Explore the 2005 Young Artists Program Marriage of Figaro Program!
One performance, one role, two tenors!
The Young Artists played Puccini’s beloved tragedy against Impressionist imagery.
Explore this beloved cast, full of beautiful voices and frequent Seattle Opera artists.
Explore the 2005/06 Macbeth Program!
“Gloomy captain, go on land; seek a faithful woman’s hand! Another seven years rush by; another woman soon must die.”
Artist of the Year Winner Stephanie Blythe wows in Aida.
Stephanie Blythe curses Verdi’s priests.
This fascinating double-bill won its director Artist of the Year.
Explore the 2000/01 Falstaff Program!
Hear the three great voices of the rescheduled Tosca after the earthquake.
Our Young Artists rise to the challenge of Britten’s Shakespeare!
Greer Grimsley stars as the perfect villain!
Explore the 2006/07 L’Italiana in Algeri Program!
Who says Wagner singers are no fun?
Explore the 2007/08 Flying Dutchman Program!
Hear Oreste’s mad scene from Gluck masterpiece, in a co-production created with the Met.
Explore the 2008/09 Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung Program!
Explore the 2008/09 Elektra Program!
A lovesick girl sings rhapsodies about a fantasy of the man she adores.
Explore the 2005/06 The End of the Affair Program!
Hear a Verdi duet of heartbreaking beauty.
Explore the 2000/01 Tosca Program!
Explore the 2009/10 La Traviata Program!
Puccini’s great comedy in a brilliant YAP production!
Puccini’s iconic tragedy, a staple of operatic performance, is performed for eager audiences.
Explore the 2001/02 Rusalka Program!
Young love triumphs over aged tyranny in this most popular of opera comedies.
Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”
Explore the 2003/04 Ariadne auf Naxos Program!
From 2009 Ring cycle performances.
A ‘Just Add Water’ Così that toured the state in the fall of 2009.
History of our costume shop!
Explore the 2007/08 Iphigenia in Tauris Program!
Hear the lively conclusion to Verdi’s great comedy.
Explore the 2006 Young Artists Program The Tragedy of Carmen Program!
Listen to some of Verdi’s bubbliest music.
Explore the 2003 Young Artists Program La Boheme Program!
Peter Kazaras’ lively staging featured Mariusz Kwiecien heading up a colorful cast of characters.
Conducted by Gerard Schwarz, this opera stretched Mercer Arts Arena to the acoustic limits.
Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Tatyana’s Letter Program!
Nuccia Focile’s debut with Seattle Opera signing the title role, Tatyana, in Eugene Onegin
Explore the 2005/06 Cosi fan tutte Program!
Peter Kazaras’s brilliant production is born.
Explore the 2001 Young Artists Program La Cenerentola Program!
Explore the 2002/03 Eugene Onegin Program!
Hear Ewa Podles’s award-winning Adalgisa!
YAP’s first ‘black-box’ opera tour!
Listen to a clip from Perry Lorenzo’s famous RING lectures!
Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.
The last opera produced in the old Seattle Opera House.
Wagner’s mighty epic performed for–and by!–kids all over Washington State.
Explore the 2001 Ring Program!
The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!
Grief, revenge, and murder… Explore Strauss’s Elektra!
“Out, damn spot…out, I say!”
Three of our favorite singers starred in this Verdi masterpiece.
Explore the 2007/08 Pagliacci Program!
Explore the 2000/01 Das Rheingold, Die Walküre Program!
Explore the 2003/04 Mourning Becomes Electra Program!
John Relyea’s unforgettable “Hoffmann” villains!
Explore the 2002/03 Norma Program!
Hear Christopher Maltman sing his award-winning Billy Budd!
The earliest composed opera performed by Seattle Opera.
The twin casts of Speight Jenkins’ Seattle Opera.
Listen to the voice of Seattle’s reigning king of the gods.
A powerfully effective chamber version of Eugene Onegin.
Explore the 2008/09 The Pear Fishers Program!
The second Seattle Opera staging of Verdi’s final opera was directed by Shakespearean veteran Chris Alexander.
Listen to a great Russian bass who shared his country’s greatest opera with Seattle.
Explore the 2008/09 Aida Program!
Explore the 2008/09 The Marriage of Figaro Program!
Explore the 2007/08 I Puritani Program!
The ultimate tale of obsession unfolds in Bizet’s Carmen.
The first opera of the new century showcased the chorus in their leading role as the people of Russia.
A beautifully haunting production of Britten’s ghost story.
Explore the 1999/2000 Barber of Seville Program!
A lively Young Artists production of Mozart’s comedy.
Explore the 2004/05 Rigoletto Program!
Explore the 2005/06 Die Fledermaus Program!
Explore the 2002/03 Fidelio Program!
The Making of the Ring
Jane Eaglen stars in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio 2002.
The first full performance of Seattle Opera’s beloved “Green” Ring.
Hear audience laughter drowning out Mozart’s music!
Explore the 2007 Young Artists Program Falstaff Program!
Discover Seattle Opera and Metropolitan Opera’s co-production of Iphigénie en Tauride, claimed as a rare treasure, debuted in 2007.
The award-winning performance in the first opera in the renovated McCaw Hall.
This colorful and imaginative production will return in May 2014.
From the 2009 Ring cycle performances
Explore the 2003/04 Girl of the West Program!
Ewa Podles receives the artist of the year award in 2003’s production of Norma.
Explore the 2004 Young Artists Program Cosi fan tutte Program!
Love at first candle lighting.
Three of Seattle’s favorite superstar singers braved the Nisqually earthquake during the run of this Puccini thriller.
Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!
Explore the 2006/07 La Boheme Program!
The earliest opera yet presented by Seattle Opera.
When a vocal cover is not enough…
Explore the 2006/07 Der Rosenkavalier Program!
Explore the 2005 Ring Program!
Explore the 2009 Young Artists Program A Midsummer Night’s Dream Program!
Chris Alexander’s first award-winning production.
Explore the 2002/03 Don Pasquale Program!
The Young Artists take on Rossini’s Cinderella!
Hear the winners of our International Wagner Competitions!
Explore the 2006/07 Julius Caesar in Egypt Program!
Explore the 2000/01 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
Explore the 2009/10 Il Trovatore Program!
Tenor and baritone fight—not for the soprano’s love, but to escape her!
Both comedy and tragedy are found in Pagliacci, but laughter turns to tears in this Seattle Opera production 2008.
A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.
Composed in 1996, this evocative production debuted in Seattle in 1998. It proved so popular it was revived only 7 years later.
Revival of 1995 production updating the action to Mussolini’s Italy.
“The jaws of hell gape wide and swallow all of creation” in some of Verdi’s most powerful music.
This romantic French opera features the popular “Flower Duet” and the “Bell Song,” beloved of coloraturas of yesteryear.
Explore the 2006 Young Artists Program The Turn of the Screw Program!
Marius Kwiecien sings the Champagne Aria!
Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Enchanted Child, Gianni Schicchi Program!
One of opera’s best-loved love duets.
Explore the 2001/02 Un ballo in maschera Program!
Seattle-based creative team Stephen Terrell, Edie Whitsett, Claire Hewitt, and Robert Wierzel created a psychologically taught, claustrophobic production of this bel canto tragedy.
Part one of our series previewing 2009 RING Cycle focused on the artists involved and their rehearsal process.
Listen to some of the silliest music in all opera!
Explore the 2007/08 Tosca Program!
Explore the 2004/05 Lohengrin Program!
Explore the 2003/04 Parsifal Program!
Explore the 2004/05 Florencia in the Amazon Program!
Listen to highlights from Mozart’s perfect opera.
Listen to Asher Fisch conduct overwhelming music from the first show in McCaw Hall!
An imaginative production of a wonderfully magical opera.
Revival of the 1994 production directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
The world’s first opera buffa, toured around Washington by the Young Artists.
Explore the 2001/02 Salome Program!