A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.
Explore the 1990/91 Rusalka Program!
A minimalist new production directed by Peter Kazaras that was inspired in part from the Ambrose Bierce short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”
Hear the German soprano who triumphed at Seattle Opera recently in Fidelio.
Explore the 1964/65 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
Hear an astonishing “Si, pel ciel” from a great American tenor!
Renée Fleming’s debut as Dvořák’s little mermaid.
Peter Kazaras directs Rossini’s popular comedy!
Explore the 1966/67 The Barber of Seville Program!
as told by Hans Lehmann
Superstar tenor required! Ben Heppner was the first Andrea Chénier at Seattle Opera since Franco Corelli in 1968.
Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.
Explore the 2007/08 Flying Dutchman Program!
Explore the 1977/78 The King of Lahore Program!
“Gloomy captain, go on land; seek a faithful woman’s hand! Another seven years rush by; another woman soon must die.”
Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.
A unique revival in which the alternating Rosinas were performed by different voice types.
Three of Seattle’s favorite superstar singers braved the Nisqually earthquake during the run of this Puccini thriller.
Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien triumphed as Mozart’s seductive bad boy.
Explore the 1987/88 Orpheus and Eurydice Program!
Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.
Hear the luscious voice of a great mezzo singing the role she created.
William Burden as Orphée implores the Furies to return his Eurydice to him.
Explore the 2004/05 Lohengrin Program!
Jane Eaglen stars in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio 2002.
Roberta Peters was Seattle Opera’s first Lucia.
Listen to Corelli’s stunning “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”
Listen to highlights from Mozart’s perfect opera.
Renee Fleming made her Seattle Opera debut in one of her greatest roles.
Seattle Opera’s first production of the show featuring opera’s most gorgeous tenor-baritone duet!
Explore the 1965/66 La Boheme Program!
James McCracken brought down the house!
Fiorenza Cossotto stole the show with “O don fatale.”
Seattle Opera’s first Traviata wasn’t ours at all—it came from the Met.
Listen to the voice of Seattle’s reigning king of the gods.
A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.
Explore the 2007/08 I Puritani Program!
Explore the 1987 Ring Program!
Listen to Sally Wolf’s award-winning LUCIA Mad Scene!
Seattle’s first completely comic opera!
Explore the 1993/94 Norma Program!
Nilsson as the Ice Princess.
Explore the 1966/67 Lakme Program!
New production featured a repurposed set from 2008’s “I PURITANI”.
Explore the 1998/99 Tristan and Isolde Program!
Veteran Carol Vaness paired with emerging newcomer Jay Hunter Morris in this rarely presented Puccini tragedy.
John Relyea’s unforgettable “Hoffmann” villains!
Patricia Racette starred in this heart-breakingly beautiful production.
This romantic French opera features the popular “Flower Duet” and the “Bell Song,” beloved of coloraturas of yesteryear.
Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.
Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!
Explore the 1965/66 Il trovatore Program!
Explore the 1972/73 La Traviata Program!
One of our favorite baritones sings Alberich’s curse.
This colorful and imaginative production will return in May 2014.
Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!
Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!
Beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade’s only Seattle Opera appearance!
Explore the 1980/81 Aida Program!
Explore the 2009/10 Amelia Program!
A lovesick dope wins the help of his special lady with a magic love potion that’s really cheap red wine.
Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.
“The jaws of hell gape wide and swallow all of creation” in some of Verdi’s most powerful music.
Explore the 2010/11 Don Quichotte Program!
Sally Wolf won Artist of the Year this season for her extraordinary Lucia.
Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.
Aleksandra Kurzak sings Lucia’s Mad Scene!
Explore the 2010/11 Tristan and Isolde Program!
“I think this is getting too silly!”
as told by Julian Patrick
The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!
Hear the gorgeous trio from “Così fan tutte” sung by three of our favorite singers.
A beautiful (and beautifully sung) production of one of the most Romantic French operas.
Dorothy Kirsten’s Seattle appearance.
The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!
Listen to some of Verdi’s bubbliest music.
The ultimate tale of obsession unfolds in Bizet’s Carmen.
Explore the 1978/79 Macbeth Program!
Erich Parce makes his Seattle Opera debut.
A stylish, sexy production of what’s been called the ‘perfect’ opera.
Images highlighting 1991’s Anna Bolena
The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!
A great star, but a compromised performance!
Greer Grimsley’s first Wagner opera—complete with giant animatronic swan!
Our liveliest production yet of this great comedy!
Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.
Hear Ewa Podles’s award-winning Adalgisa!
Explore the 1966/67 Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci Program!
Explore the 2001 Ring Program!
One performance, one role, two tenors!
Young love triumphs over aged tyranny in this most popular of opera comedies.
When Stravinsky and Basil Rathbone appeared at Seattle Opera!
Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!
Explore the 1978/79 Don Giovanni Program!
Listen to Sutherland and Tourangeau sing the famous “Lakmé” Flower Duet!
Beverly Sills’ only Mimì!
Explore the 1984/85 Ballad of Baby Doe Program!
A serenade gone hilariously wrong!
A lovesick girl sings rhapsodies about a fantasy of the man she adores.
Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”
Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!
Explore the 1971/72 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!
Explore the 1990/91 War and Peace Program!
Explore the 1995/96 Andrea Chenier Program!
Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan.
Explore the 1967/68 Romeo and Juliet Program!
Watch scenes from this beautiful opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán!
Bizet’s sexy gypsy returns to the main stage!
Explore the 1968/69 Tosca Program!
Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.
The second Seattle Opera staging of Verdi’s final opera was directed by Shakespearean veteran Chris Alexander.
Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.
This preview of our third RING production featured the first two operas in the cycle, presented in full one year later.
Explore the 1973/74 Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci Program!
Hear the performance that won Ben Heppner’s the Artist-of-the-Year Award!
Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!
Régine Crespin’s Seattle Opera appearance!
Speight remembers how the “Green” RING began its life.
Explore the 1971/72 Flying Dutchman Program!
“Death with honor before life with dishonor!” A strong production of Puccini’s great tragedy.
Local favorites Vinson Cole, Sally Wolf, and Dale Duesing took on Puccini’s bohemians.
The stunning debut of one of our favorite sopranos!
Starring Greer Grimsley as the Devil!
Explore the 1964/65 Boris Godunov Program!
The award-winning performance in the first opera in the renovated McCaw Hall.
Explore the 1967/68 Don Giovanni Program!
Explore the 1968/69 Der Rosenkavalier Program!
The career of an artist who gave much to Seattle Opera.
Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.
Mirth and madness from the master of operatic mayhem!
Starring Dale Duesing, Peter Kazaras, Judith Haddon, and Geri Decker.
Two spectacular voices, early in their careers, brought an unknown masterpiece to Seattle.
Explore the 2009 Ring Program!
Check out the production which caused the first-ever Seattle Times opera-related phone-in poll!
Explore the 1967/68 Otello Program!
This innovative new production turned the stage into a library desktop, complete with giant books, ink wells, and feather pens.
Explore the 1964/65 Rigoletto Program!
Peter Kazaras’ lively staging featured Mariusz Kwiecien heading up a colorful cast of characters.
Hear two of the great Wagner voices of our time, at the peak of their powers.
Giovanni Martinelli’s one Seattle Opera appearance!
Wagner News: “An opera experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Explore the 1994/95 Lohengrin Program!
Hear the three great voices of the rescheduled Tosca after the earthquake.
Verdi’s most ambitious opera came thrillingly to life in this spectacular production.
The climax of Don Magnifico’s ridiculous “dream” aria.
Stephanie Blythe curses Verdi’s priests.
A wholly Shakespearean production of Verdi’s great comedy.
Composed in 1996, this evocative production debuted in Seattle in 1998. It proved so popular it was revived only 7 years later.
Explore this beloved cast, full of beautiful voices and frequent Seattle Opera artists.
None who were there will ever forget Jane Eaglen’s stunning Seattle Opera debut!
A double-cast production: soprano Sarah Coburn performed Rosina one and mezzo Kate Lindsey in the other!
Revival of the 1994 production directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
Seven magic bullets consecrated to the devil wreak havoc in this, the original German Romantic opera.
A spectacular cast and walls that dripped blood made for a thrilling night of Verdi and Shakespeare.
Wagner’s rollicking sea yarn came to Seattle with a famous cast.
A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.
Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!
Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.
Explore the 2000/01 Das Rheingold, Die Walküre Program!
Starring future Artist-of-the-Year winners Lawrence Brownlee and Mary Elizabeth Williams!
Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!
Explore the 1990/91 Anna Bolena Program!
Explore the 1965/66 Samson and Delilah Program!
Explore the 1982/83 Peter Grimes Program!
Explore the 1989/90 Master-Singers of Nuremberg Program!
Joan Sutherland returned to Seattle as Donna Anna.
Enter a frozen world ruled by a harsh ice princess–at your own risk!
Explore the 2005 Ring Program!
Explore the 1971/72 A Masked Ball Program!
Chris Alexander’s first award-winning production.
Explore the 2006/07 Don Giovanni Program!
Explore the 2003/04 Parsifal Program!
Marius Kwiecien sings the Champagne Aria!
The world’s first ‘rock opera’ was Bette Midler’s only Seattle Opera appearance!
Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.
Listen to some of the silliest music in all opera!
A penguin-crocodile, floating coloratura queen, and befeathered Nathan Gunn delighted audiences in this final production of the millenium.
The first full performance of Seattle Opera’s beloved “Green” Ring.
Listen to an amazing feat of bel canto virtuosity from one of our favorite tenors.
Franco Corelli at Seattle Opera.
Explore the 1968/69 Andrea Chenier Program!
Joan Sutherland wowed the opera-goers of Seattle in 1970 by singing all three ladies in “The Tales of Hoffmann.”
Explore the 1970/71 Tales of Hoffmann Program!
Explore the 1969/70 Turandot Program!
Explore the 1981/82 Die Fledermaus Program!
Who says Wagner singers are no fun?
The “Green” Ring looked better than ever this summer.
Seattle Opera’s beautiful world premiere from 2010.