© Chris Bennion
1976 Thaïs
67 Story of Soldier ds 34
Stravinsky Conducts His Own "Soldier's Tale"

When Stravinsky and Basil Rathbone appeared at Seattle Opera!

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Friendship Duet from DON CARLOS, with Vinson Cole and William Stone

Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.

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2011 Don Quichotte

This innovative new production turned the stage into a library desktop, complete with giant books, ink wells, and feather pens.

© Ron Scherl
1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: BRIAN ASAWA as Arsamene

Hear Brian Asawa’s award-winning performance in Xerxes!

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From Glenn Ross archives
The Premiere: Of Mice and Men

as told by composer Carlisle Floyd

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“La mamma morta” from ANDREA CHENIER

A great Italian American soprano in her Seattle Opera debut.

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2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

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

© Matthew McVay
1989: Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing

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

© Elise Bakketun
Artist of the Year: MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS as Serena

Listen to “My man’s gone now”!

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© Chris Bennion
1982 Abduction from the Seraglio

Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.

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© Gary Smith
2000 Lakmé

This romantic French opera features the popular “Flower Duet” and the “Bell Song,” beloved of coloraturas of yesteryear.

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© Elise Bakketun
2012 Attila

Seattle Opera’s stirring production of this Verdi rarity.

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1976 The Seagull

Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.

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DON CARLOS Grand Inquisitor scene, with Paul Plishka and Gabor Andrasy

Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.

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© Des Gates
1972 Black Widow

World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!

© Gary Smith
1992 The Passion of Jonathan Wade

Dale Duesing played a Union soldier in over his head in post-Civil War South Carolina.

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1971 Calvary Program

Glynn Ross comissioned a new Pasatieri chamber opera for a church in Medina.

© 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.

© Chris Bennion
1983 Peter Grimes

Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.

© Gary Smith
1997 Xerxes

Beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade’s only Seattle Opera appearance!

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1997/98 Florencia in the Amazon Program

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© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

Our Young Artists rise to the challenge of Britten’s Shakespeare!

© Matthew McVay
JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!

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© Ken Howard
1972 La Périchole

Our only performance of this charming operetta.

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© Rozarii Lynch
2010: Jennifer Zetlan as The Flier in Amelia

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

© Chris Bennion
La Sonnambula 1983

The only Seattle Opera appearance of powerhouse bass Cesare Siepi.

© Greg Eastman
Artist of the Year: ROBERT ORTH as Danilo

Hear Robert Orth sing “Da geh’ ich zu Maxims”!

© Des Gates
1968 The Crucible

The first contemporary opera presented by Seattle Opera.

© Gary Smith
1999 Vanessa

Our only production of this intriguing American work.

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© Elise Bakketun
2012 YAP King For A Day

Our only production of Verdi’s ‘other’ comedy.

© Gary Smith
2001 Rusalka

The last opera produced in the old Seattle Opera House.

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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.

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© Gary Smith
1990 Rusalka

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

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© Gary Smith
1999 Der Freischütz

Seven magic bullets consecrated to the devil wreak havoc in this, the original German Romantic opera.

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© Ron Scherl
1988 Orphée et Eurydice

Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.

© Margaret Marshall
1965 Samson et Dalila

James McCracken brought down the house!

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung

This fascinating double-bill won its director Artist of the Year.

© Elise Bakketun
2013 La Voix Humaine and Suor Angelica

A fascinating double-bill of dark twentieth-century masterpieces.

© Rozarii Lynch
PARSIFAL Enters the Grail Temple

Listen to Asher Fisch conduct overwhelming music from the first show in McCaw Hall!

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP Turn of the Screw

A beautifully haunting production of Britten’s ghost story.

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1977 Le roi de Lahore

Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!

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© Rozarii Lynch
2008 Les pêcheurs de perles

Bizet’s exotic bonbon returns, starring William Burden.

© Chris Bennion
1985 Jenůfa

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

© Des Gates
1969 Mantra

Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!

© Des Gates
1970 Of Mice and Men

Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.

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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.

© Rozarii Lynch
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 03 PARSIFAL

Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.

© Chris Bennion
1984 The Ballad of Baby Doe

“Gold is a Fine Thing” and many more celebrated arias can be found in this American opera.

© Gary Smith
1998 Florencia en el Amazonas

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

© Rozarii Lynch
2003 Mourning Becomes Electra

Based on the Eugene O’Neill play, and revised by the composer for Seattle Opera’s production.

© Matthew McVay
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 MEISTERSINGER

Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.

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© Bill Mohn
2007 YAP Trouble in Tahiti

A touring production of Bernstein’s American masterpiece.

© Ron Scherl
1989 Dialogues des Carmelites

Our only production of the Poulenc masterpiece.

© Gary Smith
1993 Pelléas et Mélisande

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

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© Chris Bennion
2006 Giulio Cesare

The earliest opera yet presented by Seattle Opera.

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Amelia

Seattle Opera’s beautiful world premiere from 2010.

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN as Billy Budd

Hear Christopher Maltman sing his award-winning Billy Budd!

© Greg Eastman
1994 Les pêcheurs de perles

Seattle Opera’s first production of the show featuring opera’s most gorgeous tenor-baritone duet!

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© Gary Smith
1996 Andrea Chénier

Superstar tenor required! Ben Heppner was the first Andrea Chénier at Seattle Opera since Franco Corelli in 1968.

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2007 Julius Caesar

The earliest composed opera performed by Seattle Opera.

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Stravinsky’s Visit to Seattle Opera

as told by Hans Lehmann

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 YAP L’enfant et les sortilèges

An imaginative production of a wonderfully magical opera.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

Composed in 1996, this evocative production debuted in Seattle in 1998. It proved so popular it was revived only 7 years later.

© Rozarii Lynch
2004 La fanciulla del West

A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.

© Gary Smith
1990 War and Peace

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

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© Des Gates
1980 The Queen Of Spades

Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.

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© Gary Smith
1991 Anna Bolena

Images highlighting 1991’s Anna Bolena

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1970: Of Mice and Men World Premiere

Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 YAP Midsummer Night’s Dream

Britten’s Shakespeare, set in a magical boarding school!

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1971 Tommy

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

© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: KATE LINDSEY as Amelia

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

© Rocky Salskov
1993 The Merry Widow

Catch a glimpse of Seattle Opera’s first and only production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

© Gary Smith
2001 Billy Budd

Britten’s all-male nautical tragedy made its Seattle Opera debut in a spectacular production from Francesca Zambello, Alison Chitty, and Alan Burrett.

© Gary Smith
1994 Hansel und Gretel

Angels aloft! And sliding down a giant playground slide in this familiar fairy-tale.

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© Gary Smith
1992 The Ballad of Baby Doe

This charming folk opera returned to Seattle Opera with an all-new cast.

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© Des Gates
1967 Lakmé

Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!

© Des Gates
1976 Of Mice and Men

The return of this great American work, first performed in Seattle in 1970.

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 I Puritani

Explore this beloved cast, full of beautiful voices and frequent Seattle Opera artists.

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© Elise Bakketun
Ana Lucrecia Garcia as Odabella

A memorable voice in a powerful role.

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Amelia

The first commission under Speight Jenkins’ leadership.

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© Rozarii Lynch
2006 YAP La serva padrona

The world’s first opera buffa, toured around Washington by the Young Artists.

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The Casting of George, Of Mice and Men

as told by Julian Patrick

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© Matthew McVay
1988 Satyagraha

Philip Glass’s minimalist opera about nonviolent resistance.

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© Ron Scherl
1990 WAR AND PEACE

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

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© Bill Mohn
2005 The End Of The Affair

The first Jake Heggie opera performed at Seattle Opera.

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1974 Mefistofele

A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.

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© Gary Smith
1994 The Cunning Little Vixen

Maurice Sendak designed this charming production of an opera beloved by all ages.

© Alan Alabastro
2010 YAP Viva la Mamma!

Mamma knows best…not!

© Rozarii Lynch
2007 YAP Rita

Tenor and baritone fight—not for the soprano’s love, but to escape her!

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