© Gary Smith
1997 Der Rosenkavalier

A sumptuous production of Richard Strauss’s most popular opera.

© Elise Bakketun
2011 Porgy and Bess

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

© Gary Smith
1994 Norma

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

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1987: Leonie Rysanek as Sieglinde

The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!

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2004 La fanciulla del West

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

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© 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.

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Song to the Moon from RUSALKA

Renee Fleming made her Seattle Opera debut in one of her greatest roles.

© Ron Scherl
1989 Dialogues des Carmelites

Our only production of the Poulenc masterpiece.

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© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 01 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!

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© Ron Scherl
1987 Ring

Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!

© Gary Smith
Artist of the Year: JANE EAGLEN as Norma

The stunning debut of one of our favorite sopranos!

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 05 RING

Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”

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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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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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© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 98 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.

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1989: Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing

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

© Ron Scherl
1990 WAR AND PEACE

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

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Artist of the Year: LAWRENCE BROWNLEE as Arturo

Listen to an amazing feat of bel canto virtuosity from one of our favorite tenors.

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1990 Rusalka

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

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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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© Gary Smith
1991 Anna Bolena

Images highlighting 1991’s Anna Bolena

© Ron Scherl
1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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

© Rozarii Lynch
2006 & 2008 International Wagner Competitions

Hear the winners of our International Wagner Competitions!

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.

Illustration by Alexandre Serebriakoff from the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 1939 story-book version of the RING.
Asher Fisch Conducts Siegfried’s Funeral March

The orchestra mourns the death of a fallen hero.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 MEISTERSINGER

Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.

© Elise Bakketun
“Così fan tutte” Trio at Speight Gala

Hear the gorgeous trio from “Così fan tutte” sung by three of our favorite singers.

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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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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 85 WALKÜRE

Speight remembers when the “Shiite Wagnerites” demanded his head.

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1993 Pelléas et Mélisande

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

© Chris Bennion
1985 Die Walküre

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

© Wah Lui
2006 Der Rosenkavalier

Carol Vaness made her role debut as The Marschallin and Maestro Asher Fisch won Artist-of-the-Year honors for conducting this revival of Bruno Schwengl’s lavish production.

© Rozarii Lynch
2008 I Puritani

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

© Gary Smith
1985-1995 RING 2

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

© 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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1991 Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni as Seattle had never seen it before!

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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.

© Gary Smith
1995 Ring

The final outing of Ring 2 was a great success, artistically—and financially!

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© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Ring

Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan.

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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.

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2005 Florencia en el Amazonas

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

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© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 94 LOHENGRIN

Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!

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2009 Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung

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

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Ride of the Valkyries

The most familiar music from Wagner’s RING!

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© Ron Scherl
1988 Orphée et Eurydice

Our powerful first production of this Gluck masterwork.

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Artist of the Year: GREER GRIMSLEY as Wotan

Listen to the voice of Seattle’s reigning king of the gods.

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2003 Parsifal

The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!

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1990 War and Peace

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

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2012 Turandot

A stunning production of Puccini’s grandest opera with an all-star cast.

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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.

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2010 Amelia

Seattle Opera’s beautiful world premiere from 2010.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 03 PARSIFAL

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

© Ron Scherl
1986 RING

The first complete presentation of the imaginative Rochaix/Israel Ring 2.

© Gary Smith
1994 Lohengrin

Greer Grimsley’s first Wagner opera—complete with giant animatronic swan!

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PARSIFAL Enters the Grail Temple

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

© Elise Bakketun
Christiane Libor debuts as Leonore

Hear the German soprano who triumphed at Seattle Opera recently in Fidelio.

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© Chris Bennion
1985 Manon

The Seattle debut of Carol Vaness, a favorite soprano of the Seattle audience.

© Chris Bennion
1985 Jenůfa

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

© Wah Lui
2007 Don Giovanni

Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien triumphed as Mozart’s seductive bad boy.

© Gary Smith
1998 Tristan und Isolde

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