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