© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 05 RING

Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”

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FRANCO CORELLI as Roméo

Listen to Corelli’s stunning “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

Composed in 1996, this evocative production debuted in Seattle in 1998. It proved so popular it was revived only 7 years later.

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1966/67 Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci Program

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© Des Gates
In Memoriam JULIAN PATICK

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

© Chris Bennion
1979 Don Giovanni

A great star, but a compromised performance!

© Ron Scherl
1987: Leonie Rysanek as Sieglinde

The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!

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1971 Tommy

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

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1967/68 Romeo and Juliet Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: STEPHANIE BLYTHE as Amneris

Stephanie Blythe curses Verdi’s priests.

© Rozarii Lynch
2004 Ariadne auf Naxos

Chris Alexander’s first award-winning production.

© William Jensen
1964 Lucia di Lammermoor

Roberta Peters was Seattle Opera’s first Lucia.

© Rozarii Lynch
2006: Nicola Luisotti Conducts Macbeth

“The jaws of hell gape wide and swallow all of creation” in some of Verdi’s most powerful music.

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© Des Gates
1967 Lakmé

Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!

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1965/66 Il trovatore Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: KATE LINDSEY as Amelia

Hear the luscious voice of a great mezzo singing the role she created.

© Elise Bakketun
Christiane Libor debuts as Leonore

Hear the German soprano who triumphed at Seattle Opera recently in Fidelio.

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1966/67 Lakme Program

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© Gary Smith
1990 Rusalka

Renée Fleming’s debut as Dvořák’s little mermaid.

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© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: GREER GRIMSLEY as Wotan

Listen to the voice of Seattle’s reigning king of the gods.

© Wah Lui
2004 Carmen

The ultimate tale of obsession unfolds in Bizet’s Carmen.

© Gary Smith
1994 Lohengrin

Greer Grimsley’s first Wagner opera—complete with giant animatronic swan!

© Rozarii Lynch
2004 La fanciulla del West

A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 2000 Half-RING

Speight remembers how the “Green” RING began its life.

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2010/11 Tristan and Isolde Program

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© Chris Bennion
Artist of the Year: EWA PODLEŚ as Adalgisa

Hear Ewa Podles’s award-winning Adalgisa!

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2004/05 Lohengrin Progarm

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© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: ALEKSANDRA KURZAK as Lucia

Aleksandra Kurzak sings Lucia’s Mad Scene!

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: JANE EAGLEN as Norma

The stunning debut of one of our favorite sopranos!

© Stewart Reif
1971 Don Carlo

Fiorenza Cossotto stole the show with “O don fatale.”

© Gary Smith
JULIAN PATRICK as Don Magnifico

The climax of Don Magnifico’s ridiculous “dream” aria.

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1973/74 Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci Program

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© Des Gates
1970 Les contes d’Hoffmann

Joan Sutherland wowed the opera-goers of Seattle in 1970 by singing all three ladies in “The Tales of Hoffmann.”

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© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Ring

Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan.

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1995/96 Andrea Chenier Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Falstaff

Our liveliest production yet of this great comedy!

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2001 Ring Program

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© Gary Smith
JULIAN PATRICK as Alberich

One of our favorite baritones sings Alberich’s curse.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Le nozze di Figaro

Peter Kazaras’ lively staging featured Mariusz Kwiecien heading up a colorful cast of characters.

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1994/95 Lohengrin Program

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From Dover
Stravinsky’s Visit to Seattle Opera

as told by Hans Lehmann

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1990/91 War and Peace Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

A double-cast production: soprano Sarah Coburn performed Rosina one and mezzo Kate Lindsey in the other!

© Wah Lui
2006 The Italian Girl in Algiers

“I think this is getting too silly!”

© Chris Bennion
1976 Thaïs
© Des Gates
1967 Turandot

Giovanni Martinelli’s one Seattle Opera appearance!

© Gary Smith
1995 Madama Butterfly

“Death with honor before life with dishonor!” A strong production of Puccini’s great tragedy.

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1964/65 Rigoletto Program Cover

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© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: LAWRENCE BROWNLEE as Arturo

Listen to an amazing feat of bel canto virtuosity from one of our favorite tenors.

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 I Puritani

Explore this beloved cast, full of beautiful voices and frequent Seattle Opera artists.

© Elise Bakketun
William Burden as Orphée

William Burden as Orphée implores the Furies to return his Eurydice to him.

© Rozarii Lynch
Le nozze di Figaro ’09

Listen to highlights from Mozart’s perfect opera.

© Gary Smith
2000 Das Rheingold and Die Walküre

This preview of our third RING production featured the first two operas in the cycle, presented in full one year later.

© Ron Scherl
1988 Orphée et Eurydice

Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.

© Gary Smith
1996 Andrea Chénier

Superstar tenor required! Ben Heppner was the first Andrea Chénier at Seattle Opera since Franco Corelli in 1968.

© Gary Smith
2000 Lakmé

This romantic French opera features the popular “Flower Duet” and the “Bell Song,” beloved of coloraturas of yesteryear.

© Chris Bennion
1986 Eugene Onegin

Starring Dale Duesing, Peter Kazaras, Judith Haddon, and Geri Decker.

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1966 Madama Butterfly (Met Tour)

The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!

© Des Gates
JAMES McCRACKEN as Otello

Hear an astonishing “Si, pel ciel” from a great American tenor!

© Gary Smith
1991 Anna Bolena

Images highlighting 1991’s Anna Bolena

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Lucia Di Lammermoor

New production featured a repurposed set from 2008’s “I PURITANI”.

© Gary Smith
2000 YAP Don Giovanni

Starring future Artist-of-the-Year winners Lawrence Brownlee and Mary Elizabeth Williams!

© Rozarii Lynch
2003 Parsifal

The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!

© Des Gates
1968 Don Giovanni

Joan Sutherland returned to Seattle as Donna Anna.

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: JANE EAGLEN as Isolde, with Ben Heppner as Tristan

Hear two of the great Wagner voices of our time, at the peak of their powers.

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© Rozarii Lynch
2006 Macbeth

A spectacular cast and walls that dripped blood made for a thrilling night of Verdi and Shakespeare.

© Chris Bennion
2003 Fidelio

Jane Eaglen stars in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio 2002.

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1996 Turandot

Enter a frozen world ruled by a harsh ice princess–at your own risk!

© Des Gates
1969 Tosca

Dorothy Kirsten’s Seattle appearance.

© Chris Bennion
1983 Peter Grimes

Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.

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1967/68 Don Giovanni Program

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© Greg Eastman
Friendship Duet from DON CARLOS, with Vinson Cole and William Stone

Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.

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© Rozarii Lynch
2006 Die Fledermaus

Who says Wagner singers are no fun?

© Gary Smith
1999 Die Zauberflöte

A penguin-crocodile, floating coloratura queen, and befeathered Nathan Gunn delighted audiences in this final production of the millenium.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Manon Lescaut

Veteran Carol Vaness paired with emerging newcomer Jay Hunter Morris in this rarely presented Puccini tragedy.

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© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: STEPHEN MILLING as Gurnemanz

The award-winning performance in the first opera in the renovated McCaw Hall.

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1978/79 Don Giovanni Program

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1987 Ring Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
L’italiana in Algeri Act One Finale

Listen to some of the silliest music in all opera!

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Don Quichotte

This innovative new production turned the stage into a library desktop, complete with giant books, ink wells, and feather pens.

© Bill Mohn
2009 Marriage of Figaro

A stylish, sexy production of what’s been called the ‘perfect’ opera.

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1970/71 The Tales of Hoffmann Program

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© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: SALLY WOLF as Lucia

Listen to Sally Wolf’s award-winning LUCIA Mad Scene!

© Chris Bennion
1979 Faust

Erich Parce makes his Seattle Opera debut.

© Gary Smith
1997 Xerxes

Beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade’s only Seattle Opera appearance!

© Wah Lui
2007 Don Giovanni

Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien triumphed as Mozart’s seductive bad boy.

© Gary Smith
2000 Il barbiere di Siviglia

Young love triumphs over aged tyranny in this most popular of opera comedies.

© Gary Smith
Scene One Finale from UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

Listen to some of Verdi’s bubbliest music.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

Watch scenes from this beautiful opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán!

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2000/01 Das Rheingold, Die Walküre Program

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© Stewart Reif
1977 Le roi de Lahore

Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!

© Des Gates
1969 Der Rosenkavalier

Régine Crespin’s Seattle Opera appearance!

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2009 Ring Program

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© Elise Bakketun
“Così fan tutte” Trio at Speight Gala

Hear the gorgeous trio from “Così fan tutte” sung by three of our favorite singers.

© Rozarii Lynch
2004 Lohengrin

Revival of the 1994 production directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

© Gary Smith
1992 Barber of Seville

Mirth and madness from the master of operatic mayhem!

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1967/68 Otello Program

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2003/04 Parsifal Progarm

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1972/73 La Traviata Program

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© Ron Scherl
1987 Ring

Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!

© Gary Smith
1993 Don Carlos

Verdi’s most ambitious opera came thrillingly to life in this spectacular production.

© Gary Smith
1998 Faust

Starring Greer Grimsley as the Devil!

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2010/11 Don Quichotte Program

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1968/69 Andrea Chenier Program

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© Elise Bakketun
“Un bel dì” from MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.

© Des Gates
1972 Lucia di Lammermoor

Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.

© Matthew McVay
1989: Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing

Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.

© Gary Smith
1999 Der Freischütz

Seven magic bullets consecrated to the devil wreak havoc in this, the original German Romantic opera.

© Des Gates
1968 Aida

Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!

© Gary Smith
"Earthquake" TOSCA

Hear the three great voices of the rescheduled Tosca after the earthquake.

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1981/82 Die Fledermaus Program

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© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 98 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.

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1978/79 Macbeth Program

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1990/91 Anna Bolena Program

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© Gary Smith
1998 The Elixir of Love

A lovesick dope wins the help of his special lady with a magic love potion that’s really cheap red wine.

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Barber of Seville

Peter Kazaras directs Rossini’s popular comedy!

© Gary Smith
2001 Ring

The first full performance of Seattle Opera’s beloved “Green” Ring.

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1966/67 The Barber of Seville Program

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© Des Gates
1966 Barber of Seville

Seattle’s first completely comic opera!

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© Howard Staples
1973 Daughter of the Regiment

Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!

© Gary Smith
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Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!

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© Gary Smith
1990 War and Peace

Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.

© Rozarii Lynch
2011 Il barbiere di Siviglia

A unique revival in which the alternating Rosinas were performed by different voice types.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Ring

The “Green” Ring looked better than ever this summer.

© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: JOHN RELYEA as the Four Villains

John Relyea’s unforgettable “Hoffmann” villains!

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1964/65 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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© Chris Bennion
1982 Il trovatore

A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.

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1968/69 Der Rosenkavalier Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Tristan und Isolde

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.”

© Greg Eastman
1994 Les pêcheurs de perles

Seattle Opera’s first production of the show featuring opera’s most gorgeous tenor-baritone duet!

© Des Gates
1969 Turandot

Nilsson as the Ice Princess.

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1964/65 Boris Godunov Program

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© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: BEN HEPPNER as Andrea Chenier

Hear the performance that won Ben Heppner’s the Artist-of-the-Year Award!

© Gary Smith
Song to the Moon from RUSALKA

Renee Fleming made her Seattle Opera debut in one of her greatest roles.

© Gary Smith
2001 Tosca

Three of Seattle’s favorite superstar singers braved the Nisqually earthquake during the run of this Puccini thriller.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Les contes d’Hoffmann

This colorful and imaginative production will return in May 2014.

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1987/88 Orphée et Eurydice Program

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JOAN SUTHERLAND as Lakmé

Listen to Sutherland and Tourangeau sing the famous “Lakmé” Flower Duet!

© Bill Mohn
Artist of the Year: MARIUSZ KWIECIEN as Don Giovanni

Marius Kwiecien sings the Champagne Aria!

© Gery Smith
1991 La bohème

Local favorites Vinson Cole, Sally Wolf, and Dale Duesing took on Puccini’s bohemians.

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1967 La traviata (Met Tour)

Seattle Opera’s first Traviata wasn’t ours at all—it came from the Met.

© Des Gates
1980 The Queen Of Spades

Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.

© Elise Bakketun
2012 Madama Butterfly

Patricia Racette starred in this heart-breakingly beautiful production.

© Rozarii Lynch
Norah Amsellem as Gilda

A lovesick girl sings rhapsodies about a fantasy of the man she adores.

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1974 Barber of Seville

A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.

© Margaret Marshall
1965 Samson et Dalila

James McCracken brought down the house!

© Gary Smith
2001 Falstaff

The second Seattle Opera staging of Verdi’s final opera was directed by Shakespearean veteran Chris Alexander.

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1965/66 La Boheme Program

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1994 Norma Program

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© Gary Smith
1995 Carmen

Check out the production which caused the first-ever Seattle Times opera-related phone-in poll!

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© Gary Smith
1994 Norma

None who were there will ever forget Jane Eaglen’s stunning Seattle Opera debut!

© Margaret Marshall
1966 Il trovatore

Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!

© Des Gates
1967 Otello
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Stravinsky Conducts His Own "Soldier's Tale"

When Stravinsky and Basil Rathbone appeared at Seattle Opera!

© Howard Staples
1972 Der Fliegende Holländer

Wagner’s rollicking sea yarn came to Seattle with a famous cast.

© Des Gates
1968 Andrea Chenier

Franco Corelli at Seattle Opera.

© Ron Scherl
1990 WAR AND PEACE

Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!

© Margaret Marshall
1965 La boheme

Beverly Sills’ only Mimì!

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© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 01 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!

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1982/83 Peter Grimes Program

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2006/07 Don Giovanni Program

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© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 87 RING

Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.

© Gary Smith
1992 Lucia di Lammermoor

Sally Wolf won Artist of the Year this season for her extraordinary Lucia.

© Gary Smith
1990: Ben Heppner and Renee Fleming as the Prince and Rusalka

Two spectacular voices, early in their careers, brought an unknown masterpiece to Seattle.

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1989/90 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Amelia

Seattle Opera’s beautiful world premiere from 2010.

© Wah Lui
2007 Der Fliegende Holländer

“Gloomy captain, go on land; seek a faithful woman’s hand! Another seven years rush by; another woman soon must die.”

© Gary Smith
1997 Werther

A beautiful (and beautifully sung) production of one of the most Romantic French operas.

© Gary Smith
DON CARLOS Grand Inquisitor scene, with Paul Plishka and Gabor Andrasy

Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.

© Ron Scherl
1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.

© Gary Smith
1998 Tristan und Isolde

Wagner News: “An opera experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

© Matthew McVay
JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!

©Matthew McVay
1987 Carmen

Bizet’s sexy gypsy returns to the main stage!

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The Casting of George, Of Mice and Men

as told by Julian Patrick

© Gary Smith
The “Lakmé” Tag-Team Tenor Triumph

One performance, one role, two tenors!

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Falstaff

A wholly Shakespearean production of Verdi’s great comedy.

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