© Des Gates
Two Languages in the ’76 WALKÜRE Death-Announcement Scene

A cast substitution with unexpected results.

© Chris Bennion
1975 Ring

The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.

© Margaret Marshall
1965 La boheme

Beverly Sills’ only Mimì!

1964/65 Faust Program Cover
1964/65 Faust Program

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© Stewart Reif
1978 Falstaff

Seattle Opera’s first production of Verdi’s comic Shakespearean masterpiece.

© Margaret Marshall
1965 Rigoletto

Seattle Opera opens its doors with Rigoletto.

© Des Gates
1974 Siegfried

A second Ring opera is added to Seattle’s repertory.

© Des Gates
1970 Of Mice and Men

Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.

© Des Gates
1971 Carmen

A fantastic cast brings Bizet’s stunning opera alive.

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WILLIAM WILDERMANN as Hagen

Hear the bass who was with us from before the beginning.

From Glenn Ross archives.
Glynn Ross on Forging a Ring

Excerpt from The Journal of the Wagner Society of Northern California

© Des Gates
1967 Romeo and Juliet

The unforgettable Seattle debut of Franco Corelli!

© Des Gates
1969 Der Rosenkavalier

Régine Crespin’s Seattle Opera appearance!

© Des Gates
1976 The Seagull

Thomas Pasatieri’s opera based on the Checkov play.

© Des Gates
1967 Lakmé

Joan Sutherland’s Seattle debut!

© William Waight
THOMAS PASATIERI at SEATTLE OPERA

A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!

© Des Gates
1969 Mantra

Seattle Opera goes psychedelic!

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Glynn Ross Receives 1972 First Citizen Award

Remarks from the award ceremony

1969/70 Turandot Cover
1969/70 Turandot Program

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From Glenn Ross archives
The Premiere: Of Mice and Men

as told by composer Carlisle Floyd

RING in English: Noel Tyl as Wotan

Hear the voice of Noel Tyl, one of our first Wotans.

© Stewart Reif
National and International Casts

How Glynn Ross organized the two casts necessary for presenting opera in Seattle.

© Chris Bennion
MARVELLEE CARIAGA as Fricka

Hear the mezzo who was Seattle’s original Queen of the Gods.

© Des Gates
1970 Salome

Klara Barlow was Seattle’s first necrophilic nymphomaniac princess.

© Chris Bennion
1979 Ring

Edward Sooter made a great addition to our Ring cast at its fifth consecutive summer.

(l-r) Ernest Adams, Aurelio Fabiani, Glynn Ross, Rudolph Kruger, and Dr. Arturo di Filippi (1970’s)
1970 Opera America Conceived

with Glenn Ross in 1970

© Des Gates
RING in English: Archie Drake as Gunther and James McCray as Siegfried

Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English!

© Stewart Reif
1977 Le roi de Lahore

Joan Sutherland in a Massenet rarity—also starring the young James Morris!

© Dan Carter photo
1977 La Cenerentola

Cinderella comes to Seattle Opera for the first time.

© Bob Peterson
1976 Ring

A new Brünnhilde headlined our second complete cycle.

© Margaret Marshall
1966 Il trovatore

Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!

© Chris Bennion
1978 Ring

Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer.

© Seattle Opera
Opera By Children

A pioneer opera education program, which later became a model for programs nationwide.

© Martha Swope, courtesy of Met Opera Archives
1967 La bohème (Met Tour)

A Met tour of a beloved opera.

© Chris Bennion
1980 RING

By 1980, Seattle’s Ring was a well-known west coast cultural phenomenon.

© Des Gates
JAMES McCRACKEN as Otello

Hear an astonishing “Si, pel ciel” from a great American tenor!

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1966 – Wagner’s Seattle Opera Debut

The first Wagner production at Seattle Opera!

© Margaret Marshall
1966 Lohengrin

It’s love at first sight (and hearing!) when Seattle Opera meets Richard Wagner.

© Des Gates
1971 La boheme

Our second production of Puccini’s perennially popular tragedy.

© Chris Bennion
1983 Peter Grimes

Jon Vickers as Britten’s tragic fisherman misfit.

© Stewart Reif
1979 La boheme

Archie Drake’s first outing as Benoit/Alcindoro–a role he owned for decades at Seattle Opera.

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1966/67 Turandot Program

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© Des Gates
1976 Aida

An Aida featuring several RING singers.

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1964/65 Boris Godunov Program

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1975 Der Rosenkavalier

A huge cast assembled for Strauss’s great comedy.

© Chris Bennion
DENNIS BAILEY as Froh

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s resident tenor in the ’70s!

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1974 Così fan tutte

Seattle Opera’s first-ever performance of Mozart’s intriguing comedy.

© Des Gates
1969 The Elixir of Love

The first Seattle Opera appearance of the appealing Mary Costa.

© Des Gates
1968 The Crucible

The first contemporary opera presented by Seattle Opera.

© Des Gates
1967 Turandot

Giovanni Martinelli’s one Seattle Opera appearance!

© Chris Bennion
1981 Manon Lescaut

Carol Neblett made her debut as Puccini’s coquette.

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Geraldine Decker as Erda

Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.

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1964 Tosca

The fledgling company’s first production.

© Chris Bennion
1976 Thaïs
© Stewart Reif
1971 Don Carlo

Fiorenza Cossotto stole the show with “O don fatale.”

© David Medley
“What Is This Thing Called Opera?”

Opera education and outreach, ’70s-style!

© Met Opera Archives
1966 Madama Butterfly (Met Tour)

The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!

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1965/66 Samson and Delilah Program

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JOAN SUTHERLAND as Lakmé

Listen to Sutherland and Tourangeau sing the famous “Lakmé” Flower Duet!

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1974 Barber of Seville

A lively production of Rossini’s great comedy.

© Des Gates
1977 Madama Butterfly

Korean soprano Sung-Sook Lee was Seattle Opera’s second Butterfly.

1965/66 La Boheme Program Cover
1965/66 La Boheme Program

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© Des Gates
1982 “Hollywood Die Fledermaus!”

The world’s favorite operetta, starring several popular television stars of the day.

© Paul Seligman
1964 Carmen

The first performance of Bizet’s classic tale in Seattle Opera history!

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1964/65 Lucia di Lammermoor Program

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“His energy and ideas built Seattle Opera”

R. M. Campbell’s obituary recaps the remarkable career of Glynn Ross.

© Des Gates
1966 Barber of Seville

Seattle’s first completely comic opera!

© Des Gates
1968 Andrea Chenier

Franco Corelli at Seattle Opera.

© Des Gates
1973 Die Walküre

Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.

© William Jensen
1965 Boris Godunov

Jerome Hines sang his greatest role in Seattle.

© Chris Bennion
1978 Carmen

A 1978 production of Bizet’s thrilling opera.

© Chris Bennion
1982 Barber of Seville

Starring June Anderson as Rosina!

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The Casting of George, Of Mice and Men

as told by Julian Patrick

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1966/67 The Barber of Seville Program

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© Chris Bennion
THE RING in English

Listen to excerpts from Seattle Opera’s English-language RINGS!

© Des Gates
1968 Aida

Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!

© Chris Bennion
1982 Ring

A game of musical chairs ensued when several Ring singers switched parts.

© Stewart Reif
1978 Magic Flute

Seattle Opera’s first production of Mozart’s great fairy-tale.

© Des Gates
1982 Carmen

A seductive production of Carmen that had it all.

© William E. Duncan
HENRY HOLT On Opera In English

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s first Music and Education Director!

© Des Gates
1970 Les contes d’Hoffmann

Joan Sutherland wowed the opera-goers of Seattle in 1970 by singing all three ladies in “The Tales of Hoffmann.”

© Des Gates
1972 Black Widow

World Premiere of a new Pasatieri opera!

© Chris Bennion
1981 Tristan und Isolde

Our first production of Wagner’s great song of love and death.

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1976: Seattle Opera’s Early Valkyries

“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!

© Margaret Marshall
1965 Samson et Dalila

James McCracken brought down the house!

© Chris Bennion
MALCOLM RIVERS as Alberich

Hear Seattle’s first malevolent Lord of the Ring.

© Des Gates
1975 Götterdämmerung

The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera!

© Chris Bennion
1981 Ring

A new Siegfried added to the excitement of Seattle Opera’s most ambitious summer program yet.

© Chris Bennion
“Seattle Opera took gamble on the grand scale to launch Wagner epic”

A 1982 article about Glynn Ross and Seattle’s Ring.

© Des Gates
1976 Of Mice and Men

The return of this great American work, first performed in Seattle in 1970.

© Chris Bennion
1980 La traviata

Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco was a beautiful Violetta.

© Chris Bennion
1981 Turandot

Glynn Ross’s third and final Turandot–a production worthy of an MGM Bible epic spectacular!

1964/65 Rigoletto Program Cover
1964/65 Rigoletto Program Cover

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©  Des Gates
FRANCO CORELLI as Roméo

Listen to Corelli’s stunning “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”

© Chris Bennion
1981 Don Pasquale

Sir Geraint Evans returns!

© Des Gates
1969 Turandot

Nilsson as the Ice Princess.

© Howard Staples
1973 Daughter of the Regiment

Anna Moffo’s Seattle Opera appearance!

RING in English: Paul Crook as Mime and Raimund Herincx as Wotan

Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English!

© Seattle Opera
The Cecilia Schultz Auditions

A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

© Des Gates
1972 Lucia di Lammermoor

Beverly Sills sang Lucia in Seattle.

© Chris Bennion
1979 Don Giovanni

A great star, but a compromised performance!

© Margaret Marshall
1966 Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Starring husband-and-wife James McCracken & Sandra Warfield!

© Seattle Opera
1973 Noye’s Fludde

350 schoolchildren starred in a Seattle Opera production in 1973!

© Chris Bennion
1980 Aida

A splendid production of Verdi’s masterpiece–complete with live horses!

© Ken Howard
1972 La Périchole

Our only performance of this charming operetta.

© Des Gates
1968 Don Giovanni

Joan Sutherland returned to Seattle as Donna Anna.

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1966/67 Lakme Program

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1965/66 Il trovatore Program

Explore the 1965/66 Il trovatore Program!

© Des Gates
1979 Lucia di Lammermoor

Polish soprano Zdizislawa Donat was a memorable Lucia.

© Des Gates
1972 Faust

Starring Norman Treigle as the devil!

© Des Gates
1973 Rigoletto

Italian baritone Matteo Manuguerra shines in Seattle Opera’s second staging of Rigoletto.

© Chris Bennion
1983 Marriage of Figaro

Starring Kaaren Erickson as Susanna.

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1965/66 Lohengrin Program

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1971 Tommy

The world’s first ‘rock opera’ was Bette Midler’s only Seattle Opera appearance!

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1975 Il trovatore

A multi-national cast brought Verdi’s tuneful melodrama to Seattle.

© William Jensen
1964 Lucia di Lammermoor

Roberta Peters was Seattle Opera’s first Lucia.

© Howard Staples
1972 Der Fliegende Holländer

Wagner’s rollicking sea yarn came to Seattle with a famous cast.

© Chris Bennion
1983 Ring

The final cycle produced by Glynn Ross.

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1970: Of Mice and Men World Premiere

Hear Archie Drake in this thrilling American premiere.

© Des Gates
1967 Otello
© Chris Bennion
1982 Il trovatore

A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.

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Stravinsky’s Visit to Seattle Opera

as told by Hans Lehmann

© Met Opera Archives
1967 La traviata (Met Tour)

Seattle Opera’s first Traviata wasn’t ours at all—it came from the Met.

© Des Gates
1969 Tosca

Dorothy Kirsten’s Seattle appearance.

Glynn Ross
GLYNN ROSS Welcomes You To The RING

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!

© Peter Riches
1970 Madama Butterfly

Seattle Opera’s first production of Puccini’s beloved tragedy.

© Des Gates
1973 Manon Lescaut

Our first production directed, designed, and built entirely in-house!

© Chris Bennion
1982 Abduction from the Seraglio

Seattle Opera’s only production of this tuneful comedy.

© Fehl
1974 Mefistofele

A sexy devil bewitched Seattle Opera in 1974.

© Des Gates
1980 The Queen Of Spades

Seattle Opera’s only production of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired tragedy.

© Chris Bennion
1977 Ring

Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde.

© William Jensen
1964 Faust

Seattle’s first French-language opera production!