Composed in 1996, this evocative production debuted in Seattle in 1998. It proved so popular it was revived only 7 years later.
Explore the 1993/94 Turn of the Screw Program!
Seattle Opera’s stirring production of this Verdi rarity.
Hear the luscious voice of a great mezzo singing the role she created.
Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.
The world’s first ‘rock opera’ was Bette Midler’s only Seattle Opera appearance!
Explore the 2000/01 Billy Budd Program!
Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.
Our only production of Verdi’s ‘other’ comedy.
The first Jake Heggie opera performed at Seattle Opera.
The first contemporary opera presented by Seattle Opera.
Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!
Explore the 1988/89 Satyagraha Program!
A memorable voice in a powerful role.
as told by composer Carlisle Floyd
Listen to “My man’s gone now”!
A serenade gone hilariously wrong!
Images highlighting 1991’s Anna Bolena
Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.
Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.
Explore the 1990/91 War and Peace Program!
Explore the 1993/94 The Pearl Fishers Program!
Hear Oreste’s mad scene from Gluck masterpiece, in a co-production created with the Met.
Explore the 1975/76 The Seagull Program!
Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Trouble in Tahiti & Rita Program!
Explore the 2010/11 Don Quichotte Program!
Explore the 1989/90 Master-Singers of Nuremberg Program!
Explore the 1995/96 Andrea Chenier Program!
Explore the 1981/82 Abduction from the Seraglio Program!
Explore the 1996/97 Xerxes Program!
Maurice Sendak designed this charming production of an opera beloved by all ages.
Our only production of this intriguing American work.
This innovative new production turned the stage into a library desktop, complete with giant books, ink wells, and feather pens.
Seattle Opera’s beautiful world premiere from 2010.
Explore the 2001/02 Rusalka Program!
Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.
Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.
Philip Glass’s minimalist opera about nonviolent resistance.
Explore the 1984/85 Jenufa Program!
Explore the 1967/68 Romeo and Juliet Program!
A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.
This fascinating double-bill won its director Artist of the Year.
Dale Duesing played a Union soldier in over his head in post-Civil War South Carolina.
Hear Brian Asawa’s award-winning performance in Xerxes!
Our Young Artists rise to the challenge of Britten’s Shakespeare!
Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!
Explore the 2011/12 Attila Program!
Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!
Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Tatyana’s Letter Program!
A touring production of Bernstein’s American masterpiece.
A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.
Explore the 1998/99 Vanessa Program!
Discover Seattle Opera and Metropolitan Opera’s co-production of Iphigénie en Tauride, claimed as a rare treasure, debuted in 2007.
Our only production of the Poulenc masterpiece.
Explore the 1969/70 Of Mice and Men Program!
Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!
Explore the 1992/93 The Merry Widow Program!
Explore the 1993/94 Hansel and Gretel Program!
Glynn Ross comissioned a new Pasatieri chamber opera for a church in Medina.
Listen to Asher Fisch conduct overwhelming music from the first show in McCaw Hall!
Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.
Explore the 1979/80 Queen of Spades Program!
Hear Robert Orth sing “Da geh’ ich zu Maxims”!
Explore the 1967/68 The Crucible Program!
Tenor and baritone fight—not for the soprano’s love, but to escape her!
Explore the 1992/93 Passion of Jonathan Wade Program!
Britten’s Shakespeare, set in a magical boarding school!
Explore the 2013/14 La Voix Humaine/ Suor Angelica Program!
Britten’s all-male nautical tragedy made its Seattle Opera debut in a spectacular production from Francesca Zambello, Alison Chitty, and Alan Burrett.
Explore the 2010 Young Artists Program Viva la Mamma! Program!
Angels aloft! And sliding down a giant playground slide in this familiar fairy-tale.
Explore the 1982/83 Peter Grimes Program!
A fascinating double-bill of dark twentieth-century masterpieces.
Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.
Explore the 1971/72 A Masked Ball Program!
Explore the 1994/95 Cunning Little Vixen Program!
Explore the 2006 Young Artists Program The Turn of the Screw Program!
A fantastic young American soprano created the role of the heroine’s namesake in Amelia.
Explore the 2003/04 Mourning Becomes Electra Program!
Mamma knows best…not!
Explore the 1984/85 Ballad of Baby Doe Program!
James McCracken brought down the house!
Explore the 1971/72 Black Widow Program!
Explore the 2005/06 Macbeth Program!
The world’s first opera buffa, toured around Washington by the Young Artists.
Explore the 1976/77 Of Mice and Men Program!
Bizet’s exotic bonbon returns, starring William Burden.
Explore the 1988/89 Romeo and Juliet Program!
Explore the 1989/90 Dialogues of the Carmelites Program!
Explore the 2007/08 I Puritani Program!
Explore the 1966/67 Lakme Program!
Explore the 1982/83 Girl of the Golden West Program!
World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!
This charming folk opera returned to Seattle Opera with an all-new cast.
Explore the 2008 Young Artists Program Enchanted Child, Gianni Schicchi Program!
The only Seattle Opera appearance of powerhouse bass Cesare Siepi.
Hear Christopher Maltman sing his award-winning Billy Budd!
“Gold is a Fine Thing” and many more celebrated arias can be found in this American opera.
A beautifully haunting production of Britten’s ghost story.
Explore the 2007/08 Iphigenia in Tauris Program!
Explore this beloved cast, full of beautiful voices and frequent Seattle Opera artists.
This romantic French opera features the popular “Flower Duet” and the “Bell Song,” beloved of coloraturas of yesteryear.
Seven magic bullets consecrated to the devil wreak havoc in this, the original German Romantic opera.
Our only performance of this charming operetta.
Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.
Explore the 2003/04 Girl of the West Program!
Explore the 2008/09 Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung 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!
Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.
Catch a glimpse of Seattle Opera’s first and only production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.
A great Italian American soprano in her Seattle Opera debut.
Renée Fleming’s debut as Dvořák’s little mermaid.
Explore the 1990/91 Rusalka Program!
Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!
Explore the 1975/76 Thais Program!
The last opera produced in the old Seattle Opera House.
Explore the 1997/98 Florencia in the Amazon Program!
Explore the 2006 Young Artists Program The Tragedy of Carmen Program!
as told by Julian Patrick
The earliest composed opera performed by Seattle Opera.
Explore the 2007 Young Artists Program Falstaff Program!
Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.
Explore the 2001/02 Un ballo in maschera Program!
Two spectacular voices, early in their careers, brought an unknown masterpiece to Seattle.
Explore the 1993/94 Don Carlos Program!
Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.
Based on the Eugene O’Neill play, and revised by the composer for Seattle Opera’s production.
Explore the 1990/91 Anna Bolena Program!
Explore the 2006/07 Julius Caesar in Egypt Program!
Explore the 1965/66 Samson and Delilah Program!
Dale Chihuly’s designs matched Debussy’s evocative, translucent music perfectly.
Explore the 2009/10 Amelia Program!
Explore the 2008/09 The Pear Fishers Program!
The earliest opera yet presented by Seattle Opera.
Seattle Opera’s first production of the show featuring opera’s most gorgeous tenor-baritone duet!
Explore the 1992/93 Pelléas et Mélisande Program!
Explore the 2006/07 L’Italiana in Algeri Program!
The return of this great American work, first performed in Seattle in 1970.
An imaginative production of a wonderfully magical opera.
as told by Hans Lehmann
Explore the 2009 Young Artists Program A Midsummer Night’s Dream Program!
Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.
The first commission under Speight Jenkins’ leadership.
A soprano turned into a butterfly at the climax of Seattle Opera’s first Spanish-language opera!
Explore the 2005/06 The End of the Affair Program!
Explore the 1974/75 Mefistofele Program!
Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.
Explore the 1999/2000 Der Freischutz Program!
When Stravinsky and Basil Rathbone appeared at Seattle Opera!
Beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade’s only Seattle Opera appearance!
Explore the 1999/2000 Lakme Program!
Watch scenes from this beautiful opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán!
Explore the 1990/91 Ballad of Baby Doe Program!