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