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