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Seattle Opera.

Vision, Mission, & History

Vision

Seattle Opera is a cultural icon of a major world city that speaks to all communities of, and visitors to, the Puget Sound region.

Mission

By drawing our community together and by offering opera’s unique fusion of music and drama, we create life-enhancing experiences that speak deeply to people’s hearts and minds.

Company History

Seattle Opera is a member of:
The National Opera Center of America Logo.

Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. The company is recognized internationally for the quality of its productions, supportive and nurturing environment for singers and artists, and is especially known for its productions of the Wagner operas, having created an “international attraction” in its past presentations of Wagner’s epic Ring, according to The New York Times.

While under the direction of its founding General Director Glynn Ross, Seattle Opera's noteworthy accomplishments included presenting the 1970 world premiere of Carlisle Floyd's opera Of Mice and Men, the 1971 first fully staged production of The Who's rock opera Tommy, and the 1972 world premiere of Pasatieri's Black Widow. Artists such as Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Franco Corelli, and James McCracken regularly sang at Seattle Opera in its first decade. In 1975, Seattle Opera gave its first complete cycle of Wagner's Ring in one week, an event that had not happened in the United States since 1939 (and unique outside of New York). This Ring was produced twice each summer, once in German and once in Andrew Porter’s English singing translation, for