© Matthew McVay
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 MEISTERSINGER

Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 DUTCHMAN

Speight learns to listen to young people at final dress rehearsals.

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 87 RING

Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 84 RING

Speight’s story of saving his first-ever RING from disaster.

© Met Opera Archives
1966 Madama Butterfly (Met Tour)

The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!

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1967 La traviata (Met Tour)

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

© Chris Bennion
1976 Thaïs
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1986 Tosca

Puccini’s classic Tosca returns with Ghena Dimitrova.

© Chris Bennion
1986 Così fan tutte

Mozart’s problem comedy—with a time machine!

© Gary Smith
JULIAN PATRICK as Alberich

One of our favorite baritones sings Alberich’s curse.

© Matthew McVay
JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!

© Gary Smith
JULIAN PATRICK as Don Magnifico

The climax of Don Magnifico’s ridiculous “dream” aria.

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1997/98 The Elixir of Love Program

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1997/98 Der Rosenkavalier Program

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1996 La Cenerentola Program

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1992/93 The Passion of Jonathan Wade Program

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1991/92 Fidelio Program

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1990/91 Cavalleria Rusticana and Gianni Schicchi Program

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1990/91 War and Peace Program

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1985/86 Cosi fan tutte Program

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© Des Gates
In Memoriam JULIAN PATICK

The career of an artist who gave much to Seattle Opera.

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The Casting of George, Of Mice and Men

as told by Julian Patrick

© Gary Smith
1985-1995 RING 2

Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.

© Ron Scherl
1990 WAR AND PEACE

Watch clips from Seattle Opera’s monumental production from the Goodwill Games!

© Des Gates
1970 Of Mice and Men

Seattle Opera’s first original commissioned work.

© Ron Scherl
1987 Ring

Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!

© Ron Scherl
1986 RING

The first complete presentation of the imaginative Rochaix/Israel Ring 2.

© Chris Bennion
1984 Ring

The last summer for Ring 1!

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1975/76 Thais Program

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1991 Ring Program

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1989/90 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Program

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1986 Ring Program

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1984 Ring Program

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© Gary Smith
1995 Ring

The final outing of Ring 2 was a great success, artistically—and financially!

© Gary Smith
1991 Ring

RING 2 achieved widespread acceptance this summer, and the number of performances increased to three.

© Ron Scherl
1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.

© Gary Smith
1990 War and Peace

Our unforgettable War and Peace celebrated the end of the Cold War.

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1969/70 Of Mice and Men Program

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© Gary Smith
1992 The Passion of Jonathan Wade

Dale Duesing played a Union soldier in over his head in post-Civil War South Carolina.

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1966/67 La Boheme Program

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1966/67 La Traviata Program

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1965/66 Madama Butterfly Program

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© Gary Smith
1990 Gianni Schicchi

Images highlighting 1990’s Gianni Schicchi

© Gery Smith
1991 Fidelio

Beethoven’s epic story of love, power, deception, and perseverance.

© Gary Smith
1998 The Elixir of Love

A lovesick dope wins the help of his special lady with a magic love potion that’s really cheap red wine.

© Gary Smith
1996 La Cenerentola

A Cinderella comedy without the glass slipper–but with a hilariously pompous stepfather and a rogue servant.