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