© Rozarii Lynch
“Experience Opera”

Seattle Opera’s flagship education program has been introducing young people to opera for almost 30 years.

“The RING Goes to School”

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

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Così fan tutte

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

© William Waight

A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!

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1971 Tommy

The world’s first ‘rock opera’ was Bette Midler’s only Seattle Opera appearance!

Ernesto Alorda at Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera’s Community and Artist Relations Manager has been with the company since the late ’70s.

© Bill Mohn
2013 Verdi Bicentennial Concert

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

“How to Make Fake Blood” Workshop

A special Halloween treat from fall 2010!

© Greg Eastman
1998 Young Artists Program Founded

Images from the first few years of our Young Artists Program!

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1982: Speight Jenkins Meets Seattle Opera

Speight lectures on the Ring in the summer of 1982.

2009 "Speight Jenkins Day" on April 25

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

© Alan Alabastro

Young adults have all the fun at Seattle Opera!

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP Tragedy of Carmen

YAP’s first ‘black-box’ opera tour!

25 Years of Backstage Passes

25 Years of Backstage Passes collected by soprano Donna Baldwin, a member of our chorus.

© Bill Mohn
2007 YAP Trouble in Tahiti

A touring production of Bernstein’s American masterpiece.

© Seattle Opera
1973 Noye’s Fludde

350 schoolchildren starred in a Seattle Opera production in 1973!

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1971 Calvary Program

Glynn Ross comissioned a new Pasatieri chamber opera for a church in Medina.

© Bill Mohn
Artists’ Aides

Meet the invaluable volunteers who help visiting artists live in Seattle.

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP King For A Day

Our only production of Verdi’s ‘other’ comedy.

© Des Gates

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

© Bill Mohn
2012 Madama Butterfly Simulcast

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


A McCaw Hall open house full of Mozart-inspired musical madness.

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1963: Seattle Opera Founded

Seattle Opera’s first season!

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“Make Some Noise!” Open House

Footage from the fun open house that kicked off our 2013 RING.

© Seattle Opera
The Cecilia Schultz Auditions

A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

2013 YAP “Viva Verdi!” Concert

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

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“The Barber of Seattle”

A McCaw Hall open house full of fun, music, and hair!

© Seattle Times
Seattle Opera Guild

A group who have been promoting opera in Seattle since before Seattle Opera was born!

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Glynn Ross Receives 1972 First Citizen Award

Remarks from the award ceremony

Phil Kelsey at Seattle Opera

Phil Kelsey has been at the heart of Seattle Opera’s music department since 1983.

© Bill Mohn
Joseph Horowitz on Wagner in Seattle

From the book, “Classical Music in America”

© Museum of History and Industry
A Home for Seattle’s Opera

The ancient history of our performance space!

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP La serva padrona

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

Perry Lorenzo at Seattle Opera

A great teacher who turned many in our community on to the beauty and power of opera.

© Rick Dahms
2013 Aidan Lang To Become Seattle Opera’s Third General Director

The announcement of Seattle Opera’s third General Director.

© Seattle Opera
Opera By Children

A pioneer opera education program, which later became a model for programs nationwide.

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1972/73 Manon Lescaut Program

Program for 1972/73 Manon Lescaut–the production that launched our Scenic Studios and Costume Shop.

© Chris Bennion
“Seattle Opera took gamble on the grand scale to launch Wagner epic”

A 1982 article about Glynn Ross and Seattle’s Ring.

Cinderella’s Ball

A McCaw Hall Open House celebrating everyone’s favorite rags-to-riches heroine!

© Des Gates
1969 Mantra

Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!

© Rozarii Lynch
2007 YAP Rita

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

© Rozarii Lynch
Opera Goes To School

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

© Alan Alabastro
2010 YAP Viva la Mamma!

Mamma knows best…not!

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 YAP L’enfant et les sortilèges

An imaginative production of a wonderfully magical opera.

© Elise Bakketun
“Un bel dì” from MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.

© David Medley
“What Is This Thing Called Opera?”

Opera education and outreach, ’70s-style!

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“His energy and ideas built Seattle Opera”

R. M. Campbell’s obituary recaps the remarkable career of Glynn Ross.