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