The production that began it all.
Seattle Opera’s first season!
The fledgling company’s first production.
The first Wagner production at Seattle Opera!
It’s love at first sight (and hearing!) when Seattle Opera meets Richard Wagner.
Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.
with Glenn Ross in 1970
Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.
Program for 1972/73 Manon Lescaut–the production that launched our Scenic Studios and Costume Shop.
Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.
The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.
“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!
The world’s favorite operetta, starring several popular television stars of the day.
Speight lectures on the Ring in the summer of 1982.
For Seattle Opera’s only production of this masterpiece, we projected titles above the stage for the first time.
Duesing implores the Evening Star to bear his love to the lady of his heart.
The moment when the difference between Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross became apparent!
Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!
Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.
The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!
Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.
Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.
Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.
Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!
Two spectacular voices, early in their careers, brought an unknown masterpiece to Seattle.
Dale Chihuly’s designs matched Debussy’s evocative, translucent music perfectly.
None who were there will ever forget Jane Eaglen’s stunning Seattle Opera debut!
A soprano turned into a butterfly at the climax of Seattle Opera’s first Spanish-language opera!
Wagner News: “An opera experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Images from the first few years of our Young Artists Program!
The people of Russia acclaim their new Tsar–but strange harmonies in the clanging bells warn us that all is not well.
The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!
Watch scenes from this beautiful opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán!
This colorful and imaginative production will return in May 2014.
Hear the winners of our International Wagner Competitions!
A spectacular cast and walls that dripped blood made for a thrilling night of Verdi and Shakespeare.
“The jaws of hell gape wide and swallow all of creation” in some of Verdi’s most powerful music.
Discover Seattle Opera and Metropolitan Opera’s co-production of Iphigénie en Tauride, claimed as a rare treasure, debuted in 2007.
The earliest composed opera performed by Seattle Opera.
Hear Oreste’s mad scene from Gluck masterpiece, in a co-production created with the Met.
Mayor Greg Nickels honored Speight’s 25th with a proclamation.
The world premier of Seattle Opera’s shinning production of Amelia holds artist of the year for both Stage Director Stephen Wadsworth and Mezzo-Soprano Kate Lindsey 2010.
The first commission under Speight Jenkins’ leadership.
A fantastic young American soprano created the role of the heroine’s namesake in Amelia.
More than 8,000 Seattelites enjoyed Madama Butterfly on the night of our first-ever Simulcast!
The announcement of Seattle Opera’s third General Director.
Our Young Artists saluted Giuseppe Verdi in style for his bicentennial!
Hear two of the great Wagner voices of our time, at the peak of their powers.
Hear the luscious voice of a great mezzo singing the role she created.
The award-winning performance in the first opera in the renovated McCaw Hall.
A serenade gone hilariously wrong!