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