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1973 La Traviata
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Renee Fleming made her Seattle Opera debut in one of her greatest roles.

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1979 Macbeth
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2007 Don Giovanni

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

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“Nessun dorma” from TURANDOT

Antonello Palombi sings one of opera’s most beloved arias.

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2011 Barber of Seville

Peter Kazaras directs Rossini’s popular comedy!

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Anvil Chorus

Some of the most joyously noisy music in all opera!

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2011 YAP Don Giovanni

A Fellini-style Don Giovanni starring a hot group of young artists.

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2006 YAP Tragedy of Carmen

YAP’s first ‘black-box’ opera tour!

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2007 La Bohéme

Love at first candle lighting.

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Triumphal March and Ballet from AIDA

Listen to one of Verdi’s most popular tunes!

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1979 La boheme

Archie Drake’s first outing as Benoit/Alcindoro–a role he owned for decades at Seattle Opera.

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1966 Madama Butterfly (Met Tour)

The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 98 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.

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2010 Amelia

Seattle Opera’s beautiful world premiere from 2010.

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1989 Il Trovatore

Back on the mainstage, Verdi’s Il Trovatore impresses again.

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2008 Tosca

Greer Grimsley stars as the perfect villain!

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JAMES McCRACKEN as Otello

Hear an astonishing “Si, pel ciel” from a great American tenor!

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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.

© Des Gates
In Memoriam JULIAN PATICK

The career of an artist who gave much to Seattle Opera.

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2011 Carmen

Two alluring mezzo-sopranos gave us intensely seductive Carmens.

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2011 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Colorful production of audience favorite featuring new sets by Seattle Opera and memorable costumes from Zandra Rhodes.

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Ride of the Valkyries

The most familiar music from Wagner’s RING!

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1985 Lucia di Lammermoor

Despair, madness, and revenge fill the stage in Donizetti’s classic Lucia di Lammermoor.

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1964 Lucia di Lammermoor

Roberta Peters was Seattle Opera’s first Lucia.

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1967 Turandot

Giovanni Martinelli’s one Seattle Opera appearance!

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1976 Aida

An Aida featuring several RING singers.

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1986 Tosca

Puccini’s classic Tosca returns with Ghena Dimitrova.

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1992 Lucia di Lammermoor

Sally Wolf won Artist of the Year this season for her extraordinary Lucia.

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2005 Les contes d’Hoffmann

This colorful and imaginative production will return in May 2014.

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1991 La bohème

Local favorites Vinson Cole, Sally Wolf, and Dale Duesing took on Puccini’s bohemians.

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FRANCO CORELLI as Roméo

Listen to Corelli’s stunning “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”

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Artist of the Year: ALEKSANDRA KURZAK as Lucia

Aleksandra Kurzak sings Lucia’s Mad Scene!

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1982 Carmen

A seductive production of Carmen that had it all.

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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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2001 Tosca

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

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1983 La fanciulla del West
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2005 YAP Marriage of Figaro

The first Young Artists Program opera directed by Peter Kazaras!

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LA FORZA DEL DESTINO Overture

A rousing overture from the master of Italian opera.

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1997 Le nozze di Figaro

An amusing production of Mozart’s beloved comedy.

© Gary Smith
1995 Rigoletto

Gordon Hawkins became Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice with this production.

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1981 Turandot

Glynn Ross’s third and final Turandot–a production worthy of an MGM Bible epic spectacular!

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1972 Lucia di Lammermoor

Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.

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1996 Turandot

Enter a frozen world ruled by a harsh ice princess–at your own risk!

© Des Gates
1977 Madama Butterfly

Korean soprano Sung-Sook Lee was Seattle Opera’s second Butterfly.

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1967 La bohème (Met Tour)

A Met tour of a beloved opera.

© Gary Smith
1990 War and Peace

Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.

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1987 Carmen

Bizet’s sexy gypsy returns to the main stage!

© Gary Smith
1992 Aida

Aida set in a 19th century Museum of Egyptology? This Rochaix/Israel production intrigued some and baffled others.

© Des Gates
1966 Barber of Seville

Seattle’s first completely comic opera!

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1964 Tosca

The fledgling company’s first production.

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2009 Marriage of Figaro

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

© Gary Smith
1999 Die Zauberflöte

A penguin-crocodile, floating coloratura queen, and befeathered Nathan Gunn delighted audiences in this final production of the millenium.

© Gary Smith
1999 Don Giovanni

The playboy is punished! This Don G featured a heroic Ottavio and a despicable Giovanni.

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1989 Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s beloved comedy performed by an adorable young cast.

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A multi-national cast brought Verdi’s tuneful melodrama to Seattle.

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Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”

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Andrea Gruber sings Lady Macbeth

“Out, damn spot…out, I say!”

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Norah Amsellem as Gilda

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

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1967 Otello
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Florence Quivar Sings Azucena’s Narrative

A great artist in an unforgettable scene.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 01 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!

© Greg Eastman
Friendship Duet from DON CARLOS, with Vinson Cole and William Stone

Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.

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Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!

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Photos from Seattle Opera’s first production of the decade.

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1978 Carmen

A 1978 production of Bizet’s thrilling opera.

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Artist of the Year: STEPHANIE BLYTHE as Amneris

Stephanie Blythe curses Verdi’s priests.

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1984 La forza del destino

Famed translator and music critic Andrew Porter made his directorial debut.

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Polish soprano Zdizislawa Donat was a memorable Lucia.

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1989 Madama Butterfly

Barbara Daniels impresses in this production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

© Chris Bennion
1980 Aida

A splendid production of Verdi’s masterpiece–complete with live horses!

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1969 Turandot

Nilsson as the Ice Princess.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 94 LOHENGRIN

Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!

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1976: Seattle Opera’s Early Valkyries

“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!

© Margaret Marshall
1965 Rigoletto

Seattle Opera opens its doors with Rigoletto.

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1974 Barber of Seville

A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.

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1970 Madama Butterfly

Seattle Opera’s first production of Puccini’s beloved tragedy.

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2013 Verdi Bicentennial Concert

Our Young Artists saluted Giuseppe Verdi in style for his bicentennial!

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1964 Carmen

The first performance of Bizet’s classic tale in Seattle Opera history!

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1998 Tristan und Isolde

Wagner News: “An opera experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

© Chris Bennion
1982 Il trovatore

A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.

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1971 La boheme

Our second production of Puccini’s perennially popular tragedy.

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1971 Un ballo in maschera
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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.

© Gary Smith
“O mio babbino caro” from GIANNI SCHICCHI

Listen to one of Puccini’s most beloved melodies.

© Gary Smith
1998 La bohème

An attractive young cast was terrific in this beloved opera about tragic young love.

© Chris Bennion
1980 La traviata

Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco was a beautiful Violetta.

© Rozarii Lynch
Le nozze di Figaro ’09

Listen to highlights from Mozart’s perfect opera.

© Elise Bakketun
Artist of the Year: MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS as Serena

Listen to “My man’s gone now”!

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1988 Rigoletto

A beautiful Renaissance-era production of the Verdi classic.

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1991 Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni as Seattle had never seen it before!

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1988 Orphée et Eurydice

Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.

© Gary Smith
1995 Madama Butterfly

“Death with honor before life with dishonor!” A strong production of Puccini’s great tragedy.

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1993 Tosca

A lovely Tosca faced off against a vile Scarpia in this fine production.

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2013 YAP “Viva Verdi!” Concert

Listen to the 2012/13 YAPs celebrating Verdi in style!

© Gary Smith
1992 Barber of Seville

Mirth and madness from the master of operatic mayhem!

© Jim Caldwell
1995 Porgy and Bess

The greatest American opera came to Seattle in a production organized by Houston Grand Opera.

© Chris Bennion
1982 Barber of Seville

Starring June Anderson as Rosina!

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“O soave fanciulla” from LA BOHÈME

One of opera’s best-loved love duets.

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1971 Carmen

A fantastic cast brings Bizet’s stunning opera alive.

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© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: SALLY WOLF as Lucia

Listen to Sally Wolf’s award-winning LUCIA Mad Scene!

© Elise Bakketun
2013 La boheme

Not a dry eye in the house at the end of this gorgeous production.

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1988 La Traviata

Carol Vaness takes on the role of Violetta in Verdi’s classic.

© Alan Alabastro
2012 Turandot

A stunning production of Puccini’s grandest opera with an all-star cast.

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: HAROLYN BLACKWELL as Gilda

Hear Harolyn Blackwell’s award-winning “Caro nome.”

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1996 La traviata

A rare summer performance of a Verdi classic!

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© Elise Bakketun
“Un bel dì” from MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.

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1982 Rigoletto

Rigoletto continues to be a fan favorite with this luxurious 1982 production.

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1968 Aida

Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!

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2009 Das Rheingold

From the 2009 Ring

© Des Gates
1969 Tosca

Dorothy Kirsten’s Seattle appearance.

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Violetta-Germont Duet, with Nuccia Focile and Charles Taylor

Hear a Verdi duet of heartbreaking beauty.

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Beverly Sills’ only Mimì!

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2012 Madama Butterfly

Patricia Racette starred in this heart-breakingly beautiful production.

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2004 Carmen

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

© Bill Mohn
Artist of the Year: MARIUSZ KWIECIEN as Don Giovanni

Marius Kwiecien sings the Champagne Aria!

© Elise Bakketun
2011 Porgy and Bess

Seattle Opera’s first home-grown production of the greatest American opera.

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1985 La Bohème

This cast of singers play Puccini’s bohemians in the classic tale of young love and despair.

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From the TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Prelude

Hear Asher Fisch conduct the TRISTAN Prelude!

© Gary Smith
2000 Il barbiere di Siviglia

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

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

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

© Gary Smith
1995 Carmen

Check out the production which caused the first-ever Seattle Times opera-related phone-in poll!

© Gary Smith
2000 YAP Don Giovanni

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

© Des Gates
1973 Rigoletto

Italian baritone Matteo Manuguerra shines in Seattle Opera’s second staging of Rigoletto.

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1983 Marriage of Figaro

Starring Kaaren Erickson as Susanna.

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2012 Madama Butterfly Simulcast

More than 8,000 Seattelites enjoyed Madama Butterfly on the night of our first-ever Simulcast!

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Illustration by Alexandre Serebriakoff from the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 1939 story-book version of the RING.
Asher Fisch Conducts Siegfried’s Funeral March

The orchestra mourns the death of a fallen hero.

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1987 Porgy and Bess

Gershwin’s fan favorite comes to life for the first time on the Seattle Opera stage.

© Angela Burke
2003 YAP La bohème

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

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 2000 Half-RING

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

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The Magic Flute

Listen to some of Mozart’s greatest music, from performances in 1999 and 2011.

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"Earthquake" TOSCA

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

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2008 Aida

Artist of the Year Winner Stephanie Blythe wows in Aida.