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1962 Aida

The production that began it all.

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1963: Seattle Opera Founded

Seattle Opera’s first season!

Joshua Hecht as Scarpia, Jean Fenn as ToscaTosca 1964Richard Vedvick Photo.
1964 Tosca

The fledgling company’s first production.

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1966 – Wagner's Seattle Opera Debut

The first Wagner production at Seattle Opera!

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1966 Lohengrin

It’s love at first sight (and hearing!) when Seattle Opera meets Richard Wagner.

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1970 Of Mice and Men

Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.

(l-r) Ernest Adams, Aurelio Fabiani, Glynn Ross, Rudolph Kruger, and Dr. Arturo di Filippi (1970’s)
1970 Opera America Conceived

with Glenn Ross in 1970

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1970: Of Mice and Men World Premiere

Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.

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1971 Tommy

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

1972/73 Manon Lescaut Cover
1972/73 Manon Lescaut Program

Program for 1972/73 Manon Lescaut–the production that launched our Scenic Studios and Costume Shop.

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1973 Die Walküre

Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.

© Chris Bennion
1975 Ring

The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.

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1976: Seattle Opera’s Early Valkyries

“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!

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1982 “Hollywood Die Fledermaus!”

The world’s favorite operetta, starring several popular television stars of the day.

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1982: Speight Jenkins Meets Seattle Opera

Speight lectures on the Ring in the summer of 1982.

© Chris Bennion
1984 Tannhäuser

For Seattle Opera’s only production of this masterpiece, we projected titles above the stage for the first time.

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1984/85 Jenufa Program

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1984-85 Tannhauser Cover
1984/85 Tannhäuser Program

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1984: Dale Duesing as Wolfram

Duesing implores the Evening Star to bear his love to the lady of his heart.

© Chris Bennion
1985 Die Walküre

The moment when the difference between Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross became apparent!

© Chris Bennion
1985 Jenůfa

Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!

© Gary Smith
1985-1995 RING 2

Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.

1985 Die Walkure Cover
1985/86 Die Walküre Program

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1987-88 Orpheus & Eurydice Cover
1987/88 Orphée et Eurydice Program

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1987: Leonie Rysanek as Sieglinde

The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!

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1988 Orphée et Eurydice

Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.

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1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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

1989-90 Die Meistersinger Cover
1989/90 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Program

Explore the 1989/90 Master-Singers of Nuremberg Program!

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1989: Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing

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

© Gary Smith
1990 Rusalka

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

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1990 War and Peace

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

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1990 WAR AND PEACE

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

1990-91 Rusalka Cover
1990/91 Rusalka Program

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1990/91 War and Peace Program

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© 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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1992/93 Pelléas et Mélisande Program

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© Gary Smith
1993 Pelléas et Mélisande

Dale Chihuly’s designs matched Debussy’s evocative, translucent music perfectly.

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1993/94 Norma Program

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1994 Norma

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

© Gary Smith
1998 Florencia en el Amazonas

A soprano turned into a butterfly at the climax of Seattle Opera’s first Spanish-language opera!

© Gary Smith
1998 Tristan und Isolde

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

© Greg Eastman
1998 Young Artists Program Founded

Images from the first few years of our Young Artists Program!

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1998/99 Tristan und Isolde Program

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© Gary Smith
2000: "Boris" Bells Ring in the New Millenium

The people of Russia acclaim their new Tsar–but strange harmonies in the clanging bells warn us that all is not well.

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2003 Parsifal

The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!

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2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

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

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2005 Les contes d’Hoffmann

This colorful and imaginative production will return in May 2014.

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2006 & 2008 International Wagner Competitions

Hear the winners of our International Wagner Competitions!

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2006 Macbeth

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

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2006: Nicola Luisotti Conducts Macbeth

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

Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, 2007
2007 Iphigénie en Tauride

Discover Seattle Opera and Metropolitan Opera’s co-production of Iphigénie en Tauride, claimed as a rare treasure, debuted in 2007.

© 2007 Chris Bennion
2007 Julius Caesar

The earliest composed opera performed by Seattle Opera.

2007-08 Iphigenia in Tauris Cover
2007/08 Iphigenia in Tauris Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2007: Brett Polegato as Oreste

Hear Oreste’s mad scene from Gluck masterpiece, in a co-production created with the Met.

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2009 "Speight Jenkins Day" on April 25

Mayor Greg Nickels honored Speight’s 25th with a proclamation.

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2009/10 Amelia Program

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2010 Amelia

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.

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2010 Amelia

The first commission under Speight Jenkins’ leadership.

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2010: Jennifer Zetlan as The Flier in Amelia

A fantastic young American soprano created the role of the heroine’s namesake in Amelia.

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2011 Porgy and Bess

Seattle Opera’s first home-grown production of the greatest American opera.

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2011/12 Porgy and Bess Program

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© Bill Mohn
2012 Madama Butterfly Simulcast

More than 8,000 Seattelites enjoyed Madama Butterfly on the night of our first-ever Simulcast!

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2013 Aidan Lang To Become Seattle Opera’s Third General Director

The announcement of Seattle Opera’s third General Director.

© Bill Mohn
2013 Verdi Bicentennial Concert

Our Young Artists saluted Giuseppe Verdi in style for his bicentennial!

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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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Artist of the Year: KATE LINDSEY as Amelia

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

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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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GLYNN ROSS Welcomes You To The RING

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!

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JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!