Hear Seattle’s first malevolent Lord of the Ring.
Edward Sooter made a great addition to our Ring cast at its fifth consecutive summer.
Starring husband-and-wife James McCracken & Sandra Warfield!
A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.
Our first production of Wagner’s great song of love and death.
Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!
A new Brünnhilde headlined our second complete cycle.
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!
Explore the 1964/65 Boris Godunov Program!
Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!
The first Wagner production at Seattle Opera!
Sir Geraint Evans returns!
A 1978 production of Bizet’s thrilling opera.
Explore the 1964/65 Lucia di Lammermoor Program!
A second Ring opera is added to Seattle’s repertory.
Hear the mezzo who was Seattle’s original Queen of the Gods.
World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!
Remarks from the award ceremony
Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.
Korean soprano Sung-Sook Lee was Seattle Opera’s second Butterfly.
350 schoolchildren starred in a Seattle Opera production in 1973!
Explore the 1965/66 Samson and Delilah Program!
A 1982 article about Glynn Ross and Seattle’s Ring.
Explore the 1964/65 Rigoletto Program!
Klara Barlow was Seattle’s first necrophilic nymphomaniac princess.
Hear the bass who was with us from before the beginning.
Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English!
A multi-national cast brought Verdi’s tuneful melodrama to Seattle.
Excerpt from The Journal of the Wagner Society of Northern California
Polish soprano Zdizislawa Donat was a memorable Lucia.
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s resident tenor in the ’70s!
Starring Norman Treigle as the devil!
The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera!
Joan Sutherland returned to Seattle as Donna Anna.
A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.
Opera education and outreach, ’70s-style!
A cast substitution with unexpected results.
Seattle Opera’s first production of Puccini’s beloved tragedy.
as told by Hans Lehmann
Roberta Peters was Seattle Opera’s first Lucia.
Seattle Opera’s first production of Mozart’s great fairy-tale.
A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.
Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.
Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde.
Explore the 1964/65 Faust Program!
Explore the 1969/70 Turandot Program!
Listen to Sutherland and Tourangeau sing the famous “Lakmé” Flower Duet!
An Aida featuring several RING singers.
Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!
The first Seattle Opera appearance of the appealing Mary Costa.
Listen to excerpts from Seattle Opera’s English-language RINGS!
Explore the 1966/67 Lakme Program!
A fantastic cast brings Bizet’s stunning opera alive.
Italian baritone Matteo Manuguerra shines in Seattle Opera’s second staging of Rigoletto.
Wagner’s rollicking sea yarn came to Seattle with a famous cast.
James McCracken brought down the house!
Starring Kaaren Erickson as Susanna.
Beverly Sills’ only Mimì!
Giovanni Martinelli’s one Seattle Opera appearance!
Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer.
Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.
Starring June Anderson as Rosina!
Our first production directed, designed, and built entirely in-house!
The first performance of Bizet’s classic tale in Seattle Opera history!
Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English!
Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.
as told by Julian Patrick
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s first Music and Education Director!
It’s love at first sight (and hearing!) when Seattle Opera meets Richard Wagner.
The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!
R. M. Campbell’s obituary recaps the remarkable career of Glynn Ross.
Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!
A game of musical chairs ensued when several Ring singers switched parts.
A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.
The final cycle produced by Glynn Ross.
The return of this great American work, first performed in Seattle in 1970.
The world’s first ‘rock opera’ was Bette Midler’s only Seattle Opera appearance!
Seattle’s first French-language opera production!
Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.
A splendid production of Verdi’s masterpiece–complete with live horses!
A seductive production of Carmen that had it all.
Cinderella comes to Seattle Opera for the first time.
Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco was a beautiful Violetta.
The fledgling company’s first production.
Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.
Régine Crespin’s Seattle Opera appearance!
Jerome Hines sang his greatest role in Seattle.
A great star, but a compromised performance!
The world’s favorite operetta, starring several popular television stars of the day.
A Met tour of a beloved opera.
Explore the 1965/66 La Boheme Program!
A new Siegfried added to the excitement of Seattle Opera’s most ambitious summer program yet.
A huge cast assembled for Strauss’s great comedy.
Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!
Fiorenza Cossotto stole the show with “O don fatale.”
“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!
Listen to Corelli’s stunning “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”
Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.
Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!
Nilsson as the Ice Princess.
Dorothy Kirsten’s Seattle appearance.
The first contemporary opera presented by Seattle Opera.
Hear an astonishing “Si, pel ciel” from a great American tenor!
Hear the voice of Noel Tyl, one of our first Wotans.
Joan Sutherland wowed the opera-goers of Seattle in 1970 by singing all three ladies in “The Tales of Hoffmann.”
The unforgettable Seattle debut of Franco Corelli!
with Glenn Ross in 1970
Glynn Ross’s third and final Turandot–a production worthy of an MGM Bible epic spectacular!
Seattle Opera’s first production of Verdi’s comic Shakespearean masterpiece.
Our only performance of this charming operetta.
Seattle Opera opens its doors with Rigoletto.
Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.
Seattle’s first completely comic opera!
Archie Drake’s first outing as Benoit/Alcindoro–a role he owned for decades at Seattle Opera.
Explore the 1966/67 Turandot Program!
Our second production of Puccini’s perennially popular tragedy.
A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!
Seattle Opera’s first-ever performance of Mozart’s intriguing comedy.
Explore the 1965/66 Lohengrin Program!
as told by composer Carlisle Floyd
Explore the 1966/67 The Barber of Seville Program!
Explore the 1965/66 Il trovatore Program!
By 1980, Seattle’s Ring was a well-known west coast cultural phenomenon.
Seattle Opera’s first Traviata wasn’t ours at all—it came from the Met.
How Glynn Ross organized the two casts necessary for presenting opera in Seattle.
A pioneer opera education program, which later became a model for programs nationwide.
The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.
Franco Corelli at Seattle Opera.
Carol Neblett made her debut as Puccini’s coquette.
Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.