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