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