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Ana Lucrecia Garcia as Odabella

A memorable voice in a powerful role.

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“Pace, pace, mio Dio” sung by Mary Elizabeth Williams

A favorite soprano singing a wild aria.

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Andrea Gruber sings Lady Macbeth

“Out, damn spot…out, I say!”

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DON CARLOS Grand Inquisitor scene, with Paul Plishka and Gabor Andrasy

Two of opera’s darkest characters blend their voices.

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Violetta-Germont Duet, with Nuccia Focile and Charles Taylor

Hear a Verdi duet of heartbreaking beauty.

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Final Fugue from FALSTAFF

Hear the lively conclusion to Verdi’s great comedy.

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Florence Quivar Sings Azucena’s Narrative

A great artist in an unforgettable scene.

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Friendship Duet from DON CARLOS, with Vinson Cole and William Stone

Hear opera’s ultimate tenor-baritone duet.

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Scene One Finale from UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

Listen to some of Verdi’s bubbliest music.

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Triumphal March and Ballet from AIDA

Listen to one of Verdi’s most popular tunes!

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LA FORZA DEL DESTINO Overture

A rousing overture from the master of Italian opera.

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Anvil Chorus

Some of the most joyously noisy music in all opera!

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1967 La traviata (Met Tour)

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

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JAMES McCRACKEN as Otello

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

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1971 Don Carlo

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

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2013 YAP “Viva Verdi!” Concert

Listen to the 2012/13 YAPs celebrating Verdi in style!

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2007 YAP Falstaff

Peter Kazaras’s brilliant production is born.

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1977 Otello

Mary Costa was an attractive Desdemona.

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1987 Otello

Starring the young Carol Vaness as Desdemona.

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2002 Un Ballo in maschera

Three of our favorite singers starred in this Verdi masterpiece.

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2012 Attila

Seattle Opera’s stirring production of this Verdi rarity.

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1982 Il trovatore

A starry production of Verdi’s great melodrama.

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1980 La traviata

Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco was a beautiful Violetta.

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1975 Il trovatore

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

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1971 Un ballo in maschera
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1970 La Forza del Destino
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1984 La forza del destino

Famed translator and music critic Andrew Porter made his directorial debut.

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1979 Macbeth
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1973 La Traviata
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1967 Otello
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1988 La Traviata

Carol Vaness takes on the role of Violetta in Verdi’s classic.

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1989 Il Trovatore

Back on the mainstage, Verdi’s Il Trovatore impresses again.

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1982 Rigoletto

Rigoletto continues to be a fan favorite with this luxurious 1982 production.

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1973 Rigoletto

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

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1965 Rigoletto

Seattle Opera opens its doors with Rigoletto.

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1988 Rigoletto

A beautiful Renaissance-era production of the Verdi classic.

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1980 Aida

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

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1976 Aida

An Aida featuring several RING singers.

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1968 Aida

Starring Seattle Opera’s first African-American singer!

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2008 Aida

Artist of the Year Winner Stephanie Blythe wows in Aida.

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2010 Falstaff

Our liveliest production yet of this great comedy!

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2012 YAP King For A Day

Our only production of Verdi’s ‘other’ comedy.

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1978 Falstaff

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

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2010 Falstaff

A wholly Shakespearean production of Verdi’s great comedy.

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Artist of the Year: HAROLYN BLACKWELL as Gilda

Hear Harolyn Blackwell’s award-winning “Caro nome.”

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Artist of the Year: STEPHANIE BLYTHE as Amneris

Stephanie Blythe curses Verdi’s priests.

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2006 Macbeth

A spectacular cast and walls that dripped blood made for a thrilling night of Verdi and Shakespeare.

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Photos from Seattle Opera’s first production of the decade.

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2009 LA TRAVIATA

The first of three Verdi operas featured in our 2009/10 season.

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1966 Il trovatore

Sherrill Milnes’s Seattle Opera debut!

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1962 Aida

The production that began it all.

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2004 Rigoletto

Revival of 1995 production updating the action to Mussolini’s Italy.

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2006: Nicola Luisotti Conducts Macbeth

“The jaws of hell gape wide and swallow all of creation” in some of Verdi’s most powerful music.

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Norah Amsellem as Gilda

A lovesick girl sings rhapsodies about a fantasy of the man she adores.

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1995 Rigoletto

Gordon Hawkins became Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice with this production.

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2001 Falstaff

The second Seattle Opera staging of Verdi’s final opera was directed by Shakespearean veteran Chris Alexander.

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1993 Don Carlos

Verdi’s most ambitious opera came thrillingly to life in this spectacular production.

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1992 Aida

Aida set in a 19th century Museum of Egyptology? This Rochaix/Israel production intrigued some and baffled others.

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1997 Il trovatore

This revival of Nicholas Muni’s 1989 production, set in a strange dreamscape, starred Gordon Hawkins, fast becoming Seattle’s Verdi baritone of choice, as Count Di Luna.

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1996 La traviata

A rare summer performance of a Verdi classic!