Seattle Opera Rentals

Seattle Opera Titles Rental

Seattle Opera’s critically-praised titles (aka “English captions”), written in-house by Jonathan Dean since 1997, are available for rental at competitive rates. Please direct inquiries to

“Jonathan Dean’s English captions [Tosca] were a work of art in themselves.”
-The Bellingham Herald

“Jonathan Dean’s surtitles [Ariadne auf Naxos] were, as usual, brilliant—racy and witty.”
“Dean’s masterly captions [Così fan tutte] did as much to convey Mozart’s parody as did [Jonathan] Miller.
“Outstanding supra-title translations [Der Ring des Nibelungen].”
-Opera News

“Dean’s translation [Tristan und Isolde] has made the unclear clear, the archaic modern without any loss of dignity or strength.”
-Seattle P-I

“The witty and accessible surtitles [Barber of Seville] — by Jonathan Dean, courtesy of Seattle Opera — inspired their own volleys of laughter.”

Available Scripts

  • Aida (Verdi)
  • Amelia (Hagen)
  • Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss)
  • Attila (Verdi)
  • Un ballo in maschera (Verdi)
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
  • Billy Budd (Britten)
  • La bohème (Puccini)
  • Carmen (Bizet)
  • La Cenerentola (Rossini)
  • Les contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach)
  • Così fan tutte, both 18th-cent. and Modern Versions (Mozart)
  • Don Carlo (Verdi)
  • Don Giovanni (Mozart)
  • Don Quichotte (Massenet)
  • Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
  • Elektra (R. Strauss)
  • L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti)
  • L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel)
  • The End of the Affair (Heggie)
  • Falstaff (Verdi)
  • La fanciulla del West (Puccini)
  • Faust (Gounod)
  • Fidelio (Beethoven)
  • Die Fledermaus, titles for Ruth & Thomas Martin singing translation (J. Strauss)
  • Der Fliegende Holländer (Wagner)
  • Der Freischütz, both original and Berlioz edition in French (Weber)
  • Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
  • Giulio Cesare (Handel)
  • Götterdämmerung (Wagner)
  • Iphigénie en Tauride (Gluck)
  • L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
  • Lakmé (Délibes)
  • Lohengrin (Wagner)
  • Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
  • Macbeth (Verdi)
  • Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
  • Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner)
  • Merry Mount (Hanson)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten)
  • Mourning Becomes Electra (Levy)
  • Norma (Bellini)
  • Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
  • Orphée et Eurydice (Gluck)
  • Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
  • Parsifal (Wagner)
  • Les pêcheurs de perles (Bizet)
  • Peter Ibbetson (Taylor)
  • Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
  • I puritani (Bellini)
  • Rigoletto (Verdi)
  • Das Rheingold (Wagner)
  • Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung (Wagner)
  • Salome, both “Bosie” and Modern Versions (R. Strauss)
  • Die Schweigsame Frau, titles for Arthur Jacobs singing translation (R. Strauss)
  • Siegfried (Wagner)
  • Suor Angelica (Puccini)
  • Il tabarro (Puccini)
  • Tosca (Puccini)
  • La traviata (Verdi)
  • Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)
  • Il trittico: Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
  • Il trovatore (Verdi)
  • The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
  • Vanessa (Barber)
  • Die Walküre (Wagner)
  • Xerxes (Handel)
  • Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)

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