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