© Des Gates

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

2009 "Speight Jenkins Day" on April 25

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

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP La serva padrona

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

© Bill Mohn
Artists’ Aides

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

25 Years of Backstage Passes

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

© Seattle Opera
Opera By Children

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

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Così fan tutte

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

© Des Gates
1969 Mantra

Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!

Make some noise
“Make Some Noise!” Open House

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


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

© Seattle Opera
The Cecilia Schultz Auditions

A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

© Bill Mohn
2013 Verdi Bicentennial Concert

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

Barber of Seattle
“The Barber of Seattle”

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

© Bill Mohn
Joseph Horowitz on Wagner in Seattle

From the book, “Classical Music in America”

© Greg Eastman
1998 Young Artists Program Founded

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

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Glynn Ross Receives 1972 First Citizen Award

Remarks from the award ceremony

© Seattle Times
Seattle Opera Guild

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

© Alan Alabastro

Young adults have all the fun at Seattle Opera!

Speight Debut
1982: Speight Jenkins Meets Seattle Opera

Speight lectures on the Ring in the summer of 1982.

Cinderella’s Ball

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

© Alan Alabastro
2010 YAP Viva la Mamma!

Mamma knows best…not!

© Rozarii Lynch
“Experience Opera”

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

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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.

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP Tragedy of Carmen

YAP’s first ‘black-box’ opera tour!

© Rozarii Lynch
2007 YAP Rita

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

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

The ancient history of our performance space!

© Elise Bakketun
“Un bel dì” from MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.

Perry Lorenzo at Seattle Opera

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

© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP King For A Day

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

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

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

Phil Kelsey at Seattle Opera

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

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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.

© Bill Mohn
2012 Madama Butterfly Simulcast

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

© Rozarii Lynch
Opera Goes To School

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

© William Waight

A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!

2013 YAP “Viva Verdi!” Concert

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

© Bill Mohn
2007 YAP Trouble in Tahiti

A touring production of Bernstein’s American masterpiece.

“The RING Goes to School”

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

© Seattle Opera
1973 Noye’s Fludde

350 schoolchildren starred in a Seattle Opera production in 1973!

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

Opera education and outreach, ’70s-style!

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 YAP L’enfant et les sortilèges

An imaginative production of a wonderfully magical opera.

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“His energy and ideas built Seattle Opera”

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

Seattle Opera Photo
1963: Seattle Opera Founded

Seattle Opera’s first season!

“How to Make Fake Blood” Workshop

A special Halloween treat from fall 2010!

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1971 Calvary Program

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

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

The announcement of Seattle Opera’s third General Director.