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