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