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