© Alan Alabastro
“Nessun dorma” from TURANDOT

Antonello Palombi sings one of opera’s most beloved arias.

© Elise Bakketun
“Un bel dì” from MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Patricia Racette in her Seattle debut.

© Rozarii Lynch
“O soave fanciulla” from LA BOHÈME

One of opera’s best-loved love duets.

© Gary Smith
“O mio babbino caro” from GIANNI SCHICCHI

Listen to one of Puccini’s most beloved melodies.

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1966 Madama Butterfly (Met Tour)

The Seattle Opera debut of Julian Patrick!

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

A Met tour of a beloved opera.

© Des Gates
1973 Manon Lescaut

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

© Chris Bennion
1981 Manon Lescaut

Carol Neblett made her debut as Puccini’s coquette.

© Elise Bakketun
2013 La Voix Humaine and Suor Angelica

A fascinating double-bill of dark twentieth-century masterpieces.

© Des Gates
1977 Madama Butterfly

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

© Peter Riches
1970 Madama Butterfly

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

© Des Gates
1969 Tosca

Dorothy Kirsten’s Seattle appearance.

© Chris Bennion
1981 Turandot

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

© Margaret Marshall
1965 La boheme

Beverly Sills’ only Mimì!

© Des Gates
1971 La boheme

Our second production of Puccini’s perennially popular tragedy.

© Angela Burke
2003 YAP La bohème

The Young Artists played Puccini’s beloved tragedy against Impressionist imagery.

© Chris Bennion
1982 Madama Butterfly
© Elise Bakketun
2012 Madama Butterfly

Patricia Racette starred in this heart-breakingly beautiful production.

© Chris Bennion
1983 La fanciulla del West
77 Tosca
1977 Tosca
© Elise Bakketun
2013 La boheme

Not a dry eye in the house at the end of this gorgeous production.

© Alan Alabastro
2012 Turandot

A stunning production of Puccini’s grandest opera with an all-star cast.

© Rozarii Lynch
2004 La fanciulla del West

A rootin’, tootin’ barn-burner of a western with a strong Puccini cast.

©Seattle Opera Photo
1986 Tosca

Puccini’s classic Tosca returns with Ghena Dimitrova.

©Matthew McVay
1989 Madama Butterfly

Barbara Daniels impresses in this production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

© Gary Smith
2002 Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s iconic tragedy, a staple of operatic performance, is performed for eager audiences.

© Rozarii Lynch
2007 La Bohéme

Love at first candle lighting.

© Bill Mohn
2008 Tosca

Greer Grimsley stars as the perfect villain!

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© Rozarii Lynch
2008 YAP Gianni Schicchi

Puccini’s great comedy in a brilliant YAP production!

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Turandot’s Hair & Makeup Challenge

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1985 La Bohème

This cast of singers play Puccini’s bohemians in the classic tale of young love and despair.

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© Bill Mohn
2012 Madama Butterfly Simulcast

More than 8,000 Seattelites enjoyed Madama Butterfly on the night of our first-ever Simulcast!

© Des Gates
1967 Turandot

Giovanni Martinelli’s one Seattle Opera appearance!

© Des Gates
1969 Turandot

Nilsson as the Ice Princess.

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1964 Tosca

The fledgling company’s first production.

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© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Manon Lescaut

Veteran Carol Vaness paired with emerging newcomer Jay Hunter Morris in this rarely presented Puccini tragedy.

© Gary Smith
"Earthquake" TOSCA

Hear the three great voices of the rescheduled Tosca after the earthquake.

© Gary Smith
1995 Madama Butterfly

“Death with honor before life with dishonor!” A strong production of Puccini’s great tragedy.

© Gary Smith
2001 Tosca

Three of Seattle’s favorite superstar singers braved the Nisqually earthquake during the run of this Puccini thriller.

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Program for 1972/73 Manon Lescaut–the production that launched our Scenic Studios and Costume Shop.

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© Gary Smith
1990 Gianni Schicchi

Images highlighting 1990’s Gianni Schicchi

© Gery Smith
1991 La bohème

Local favorites Vinson Cole, Sally Wolf, and Dale Duesing took on Puccini’s bohemians.

© Gary Smith
1998 La bohème

An attractive young cast was terrific in this beloved opera about tragic young love.

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1996 Turandot

Enter a frozen world ruled by a harsh ice princess–at your own risk!

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