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2002 Eugene Onegin

Nuccia Focile’s debut with Seattle Opera signing the title role, Tatyana, in Eugene Onegin

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Scene One Finale from UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

Listen to some of Verdi’s bubbliest music.

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2006: Nicola Luisotti Conducts Macbeth

“The jaws of hell gape wide and swallow all of creation” in some of Verdi’s most powerful music.

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2006 Così fan tutte

Jonathan Miller’s startlingly contemporary production.

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"Earthquake" TOSCA

Hear the three great voices of the rescheduled Tosca after the earthquake.

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2003 Parsifal

The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!

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2000 YAP Don Giovanni

Starring future Artist-of-the-Year winners Lawrence Brownlee and Mary Elizabeth Williams!

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“Un bel dì” from MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.

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Artist of the Year: MARIUSZ KWIECIEN as Don Giovanni

Marius Kwiecien sings the Champagne Aria!

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2001 Ring

The first full performance of Seattle Opera’s beloved “Green” Ring.

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The Road to Valhalla Part 5: Orchestra & Chorus

The making of the Ring

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2009 LA TRAVIATA

The first of three Verdi operas featured in our 2009/10 season.

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2007 YAP Falstaff

Peter Kazaras’s brilliant production is born.

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2005 The End Of The Affair

The first Jake Heggie opera performed at Seattle Opera.

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2008 YAP L’enfant et les sortilèges

An imaginative production of a wonderfully magical opera.

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2008 Aida

Artist of the Year Winner Stephanie Blythe wows in Aida.

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Costume Shop

History of our costume shop!

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Artist of the Year: ALEXANDER ANISIMOV as Boris Godunov

Listen to a great Russian bass who shared his country’s greatest opera with Seattle.

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2009 The Road to Valhalla Part 2 – Costumes

The making of the Ring

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2009 "Speight Jenkins Day" on April 25

Mayor Greg Nickels honored Speight’s 25th with a proclamation.

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2001 Billy Budd

Britten’s all-male nautical tragedy made its Seattle Opera debut in a spectacular production from Francesca Zambello, Alison Chitty, and Alan Burrett.

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2009 Le nozze di Figaro

Peter Kazaras’ lively staging featured Mariusz Kwiecien heading up a colorful cast of characters.

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2006 Die Fledermaus

Who says Wagner singers are no fun?

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COSÌ FAN TUTTE Silly Sextet

Hear audience laughter drowning out Mozart’s music!

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2006 Giulio Cesare

The earliest opera yet presented by Seattle Opera.

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Norah Amsellem as Gilda

A lovesick girl sings rhapsodies about a fantasy of the man she adores.

© Gary Smith
2000 Lakmé

This romantic French opera features the popular “Flower Duet” and the “Bell Song,” beloved of coloraturas of yesteryear.

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“Gold” and “Silver” Casts

The twin casts of Speight Jenkins’ Seattle Opera.

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2008 Elektra

Grief, revenge, and murder… Explore Strauss’s Elektra!

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2007 Iphigénie en Tauride

Discover Seattle Opera and Metropolitan Opera’s co-production of Iphigénie en Tauride, claimed as a rare treasure, debuted in 2007.

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Artist of the Year: GREER GRIMSLEY as Wotan

Listen to the voice of Seattle’s reigning king of the gods.

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2003 Norma

Ewa Podles receives the artist of the year award in 2003’s production of Norma.

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2001 Falstaff

The second Seattle Opera staging of Verdi’s final opera was directed by Shakespearean veteran Chris Alexander.

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2008 I Puritani

Explore this beloved cast, full of beautiful voices and frequent Seattle Opera artists.

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Artist of the Year: JOHN RELYEA as the Four Villains

John Relyea’s unforgettable “Hoffmann” villains!

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2008 YAP Tatyana’s Letter

A powerfully effective chamber version of Eugene Onegin.

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2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

Watch scenes from this beautiful opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán!

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Andrea Gruber sings Lady Macbeth

“Out, damn spot…out, I say!”

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2002 Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s iconic tragedy, a staple of operatic performance, is performed for eager audiences.

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2006 Macbeth

A spectacular cast and walls that dripped blood made for a thrilling night of Verdi and Shakespeare.

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2007 YAP Rita

Tenor and baritone fight—not for the soprano’s love, but to escape her!

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Artist of the Year: EWA PODLEŚ as Adalgisa

Hear Ewa Podles’s award-winning Adalgisa!

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© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 05 RING

Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”

© Angela Burke
2003 YAP La bohème

The Young Artists played Puccini’s beloved tragedy against Impressionist imagery.

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2005 Les contes d’Hoffmann

This colorful and imaginative production will return in May 2014.

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2007: Brett Polegato as Oreste

Hear Oreste’s mad scene from Gluck masterpiece, in a co-production created with the Met.

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The “Lakmé” Tag-Team Tenor Triumph

One performance, one role, two tenors!

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2006 YAP La serva padrona

The world’s first opera buffa, toured around Washington by the Young Artists.

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© Chris Bennion
2000 Lucia di Lammermoor

Seattle-based creative team Stephen Terrell, Edie Whitsett, Claire Hewitt, and Robert Wierzel created a psychologically taught, claustrophobic production of this bel canto tragedy.

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2007 La Bohéme

Love at first candle lighting.

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© Bill Mohn
2008 Tosca

Greer Grimsley stars as the perfect villain!

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L’italiana in Algeri Act One Finale

Listen to some of the silliest music in all opera!

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2009 Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung

This fascinating double-bill won its director Artist of the Year.

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2005 Manon Lescaut

Veteran Carol Vaness paired with emerging newcomer Jay Hunter Morris in this rarely presented Puccini tragedy.

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2001 Rusalka

The last opera produced in the old Seattle Opera House.

© Chris Bennion
2002 YAP La Cenerentola

The Young Artists take on Rossini’s Cinderella!

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2008 Les pêcheurs de perles

Bizet’s exotic bonbon returns, starring William Burden.

© Bill Mohn
Rhinedaughter Laid Low By Bad Fish

When a vocal cover is not enough…

© Bill Mohn
Stage Management

The unseen heroes who bring it all together!

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2004 La fanciulla del West

A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.

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2009 Götterdämmerung

From 2009 Ring cycle performances.

© Chris Bennion
2003 Fidelio

Jane Eaglen stars in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio 2002.

© Bill Mohn
The Road to Valhalla Part 4: Special Effects

The Making of the Ring

© Gary Smith
2002 Un Ballo in maschera

Three of our favorite singers starred in this Verdi masterpiece.

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2005 Ring

Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan.

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2004 Ariadne auf Naxos

Chris Alexander’s first award-winning production.

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2006 The Italian Girl in Algiers

“I think this is getting too silly!”

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Artist of the Year: LAWRENCE BROWNLEE as Arturo

Listen to an amazing feat of bel canto virtuosity from one of our favorite tenors.

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2009 Die Walküre

From the 2009 Ring cycle performances

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2008 YAP Gianni Schicchi

Puccini’s great comedy in a brilliant YAP production!

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2001 Tosca

Three of Seattle’s favorite superstar singers braved the Nisqually earthquake during the run of this Puccini thriller.

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2005 YAP Marriage of Figaro

The first Young Artists Program opera directed by Peter Kazaras!

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2000 Il barbiere di Siviglia

Young love triumphs over aged tyranny in this most popular of opera comedies.

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PARSIFAL Enters the Grail Temple

Listen to Asher Fisch conduct overwhelming music from the first show in McCaw Hall!

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2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

Britten’s Shakespeare, set in a magical boarding school!

© Bill Mohn
2007 YAP Trouble in Tahiti

A touring production of Bernstein’s American masterpiece.

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2006 YAP Tragedy of Carmen

YAP’s first ‘black-box’ opera tour!

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2009 Ring

The “Green” Ring looked better than ever this summer.

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© Bill Mohn
2009 RING – Road to Valhalla Part I: Rehearsals and Artists

Part one of our series previewing 2009 RING Cycle focused on the artists involved and their rehearsal process.

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Le nozze di Figaro ’09

Listen to highlights from Mozart’s perfect opera.

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2006 & 2008 International Wagner Competitions

Hear the winners of our International Wagner Competitions!

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2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

Our Young Artists rise to the challenge of Britten’s Shakespeare!

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Artist of the Year: STEPHANIE BLYTHE as Amneris

Stephanie Blythe curses Verdi’s priests.

© Chris Bennion
2003 Don Pasquale

An old fool makes the mistake of a lifetime when he marries a pretty young thing.

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© Bill Mohn
2009 Marriage of Figaro

A stylish, sexy production of what’s been called the ‘perfect’ opera.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 2000 Half-RING

Speight remembers how the “Green” RING began its life.

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“The RING Goes to School”

Wagner’s mighty epic performed for–and by!–kids all over Washington State.

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2008 Pagliacci

Both comedy and tragedy are found in Pagliacci, but laughter turns to tears in this Seattle Opera production 2008.

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2006 YAP Turn of the Screw

A beautifully haunting production of Britten’s ghost story.

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© Gary Smith
2002 Salome

Conducted by Gerard Schwarz, this opera stretched Mercer Arts Arena to the acoustic limits.

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2009 YAP Così fan tutte

A ‘Just Add Water’ Così that toured the state in the fall of 2009.

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Violetta-Germont Duet, with Nuccia Focile and Charles Taylor

Hear a Verdi duet of heartbreaking beauty.

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2004 Lohengrin

Revival of the 1994 production directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

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Triumphal March and Ballet from AIDA

Listen to one of Verdi’s most popular tunes!

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2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

Composed in 1996, this evocative production debuted in Seattle in 1998. It proved so popular it was revived only 7 years later.

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Opera Goes To School

Grade-schoolers performing side-by-side with Seattle Opera Young Artists!

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2004 Carmen

The ultimate tale of obsession unfolds in Bizet’s Carmen.

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Final Fugue from FALSTAFF

Hear the lively conclusion to Verdi’s great comedy.

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Artist of the Year: STEPHEN MILLING as Gurnemanz

The award-winning performance in the first opera in the renovated McCaw Hall.

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2003 YAP Così fan tutte

A lively Young Artists production of Mozart’s comedy.

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© Chris Bennion
The Road to Valhalla Part 3: Sets and Props

The Making of the Ring

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© Wah Lui
2007 Don Giovanni

Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien triumphed as Mozart’s seductive bad boy.

2009 DAS RHEINGOLD Preview

Three-minute complilation of footage from the final dress rehearsal of 2009’s DAS RHEINGOLD.

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“O soave fanciulla” from LA BOHÈME

One of opera’s best-loved love duets.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 01 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!

© Chris Bennion
2009 Siegfried

From the 2009 Ring cycle performances

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN as Billy Budd

Hear Christopher Maltman sing his award-winning Billy Budd!

© Rozarii Lynch
2004 Rigoletto

Revival of 1995 production updating the action to Mussolini’s Italy.

© Gary Smith
2000 Boris Godunov

The first opera of the new century showcased the chorus in their leading role as the people of Russia.

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2007 Der Fliegende Holländer

“Gloomy captain, go on land; seek a faithful woman’s hand! Another seven years rush by; another woman soon must die.”

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PERRY LORENZO on Wagner’s “Ring”

Listen to a clip from Perry Lorenzo’s famous RING lectures!

© Rozarii Lynch
2003 Mourning Becomes Electra

Based on the Eugene O’Neill play, and revised by the composer for Seattle Opera’s production.

© Wah Lui
2006 Der Rosenkavalier

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.

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© Gary Smith
2000 Das Rheingold and Die Walküre

This preview of our third RING production featured the first two operas in the cycle, presented in full one year later.

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2000: "Boris" Bells Ring in the New Millenium

The people of Russia acclaim their new Tsar–but strange harmonies in the clanging bells warn us that all is not well.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Das Rheingold

From the 2009 Ring

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2007 Julius Caesar

The earliest composed opera performed by Seattle Opera.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 03 PARSIFAL

Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.

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