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