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