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Phil Kelsey at Seattle Opera

Phil Kelsey has been at the heart of Seattle Opera’s music department since 1983.

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Turandot’s Hair & Makeup Challenge

See Seattle Opera’s Hair & Makeup crews at work..

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2009 "Speight Jenkins Day" on April 25

Mayor Greg Nickels honored Speight’s 25th with a proclamation.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 2000 Half-RING

Speight remembers how the “Green” RING began its life.

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 87 RING

Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.

© William E. Duncan
HENRY HOLT On Opera In English

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s first Music and Education Director!

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“How to Make Fake Blood” Workshop

A special Halloween treat from fall 2010!

© Bill Mohn
Rhinedaughter Laid Low By Bad Fish

When a vocal cover is not enough…

© Stewart Reif
National and International Casts

How Glynn Ross organized the two casts necessary for presenting opera in Seattle.

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 05 RING

Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”

© Matthew McVay
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 MEISTERSINGER

Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.

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Perry Lorenzo at Seattle Opera

A great teacher who turned many in our community on to the beauty and power of opera.

© Rozarii Lynch
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 03 PARSIFAL

Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.

© Bill Mohn
Joseph Horowitz on Wagner in Seattle

From the book, “Classical Music in America”

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 98 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.

© Gary Smith
“Gold” and “Silver” Casts

The twin casts of Speight Jenkins’ Seattle Opera.

© Bill Mohn
Artists’ Aides

Meet the invaluable volunteers who help visiting artists live in Seattle.

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Tristan and Isolde

Watch Video: Music with Maestro Asher Fisch

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Quick-Change from The Magic Flute

Seattle Opera transforms 8 blue-skinned slaves into yellow-robed priests in 90 seconds!

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 The Road to Valhalla Part 2 – Costumes

The making of the Ring

© Chris Bennion
The Road to Valhalla Part 3: Sets and Props

The Making of the Ring

© Paul Seligman (left) and Bill Mohn (right)
Costume Shop

History of our costume shop!

© Rozarii Lynch
“Experience Opera”

Seattle Opera’s flagship education program has been introducing young people to opera for almost 30 years.

© Gary Smith
The “Lakmé” Tag-Team Tenor Triumph

One performance, one role, two tenors!

© Rozarii Lynch
2010 Tristan and Isolde

Watch Director’s Talk Video with Peter Kazaras

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Ernesto Alorda at Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera’s Community and Artist Relations Manager has been with the company since the late ’70s.

© Chris Bennion
“Seattle Opera took gamble on the grand scale to launch Wagner epic”

A 1982 article about Glynn Ross and Seattle’s Ring.

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“His energy and ideas built Seattle Opera”

R. M. Campbell’s obituary recaps the remarkable career of Glynn Ross.

© Bill Mohn
The Road to Valhalla Part 5: Orchestra & Chorus

The making of the Ring

© Chris Bennion
1985 Jenůfa

Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!

© Michael Moore
Seattle Opera Scenic Studios

Visit the Renton facility where the magic begins!

© William Waight
THOMAS PASATIERI at SEATTLE OPERA

A favorite young composer of ours in the 1970s!

© Ron Scherl
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 86 RING

How the first go-around of “Ring 2” had some strengths and some weaknesses.

© Gary Smith
Seattle Opera’s Heroic Prop Master

Pete Olds’ quick-thinking saves the day.

© Gary Smith
Siegfried’s Bear

Perhaps the wildest animal ever to appear on our stage…

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 84 TANNHÄUSER

Speight remembers how supertitles came to Seattle Opera.

© Rozarii Lynch
THE LARK OF GREAT YARMOUTH

A 2001 interview with Archie Drake, by Jonathan Dean.

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1982: Speight Jenkins Meets Seattle Opera

Speight lectures on the Ring in the summer of 1982.

© Rozarii Lynch
Seattle Symphony

The extraordinary musicians who wring our emotions dry at every opera.

© Bill Mohn
The Road to Valhalla Part 4: Special Effects

The Making of the Ring

Perry Lorenzo
PERRY LORENZO on Wagner’s “Ring”

Listen to a clip from Perry Lorenzo’s famous RING lectures!

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 84 RING

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

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GLYNN ROSS Welcomes You To The RING

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 95 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–after the final dress rehearsal!

© Bill Mohn
2009 RING – Road to Valhalla Part I: Rehearsals and Artists

Part one of our series previewing 2009 RING Cycle focused on the artists involved and their rehearsal process.

© Seattle Opera
The Cecilia Schultz Auditions

A precursor of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program.

© Bill Mohn
Stage Management

The unseen heroes who bring it all together!

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25 Years of Backstage Passes

25 Years of Backstage Passes collected by soprano Donna Baldwin, a member of our chorus.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 94 LOHENGRIN

Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 85 WALKÜRE

Speight remembers when the “Shiite Wagnerites” demanded his head.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 DUTCHMAN

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

© Rozarii Lynch
Seattle Opera Chorus

Ever bringing the voice of humanity to our stage!

© Gary Smith)
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 91 RING

The once-controversial “Ring 2” finally earns complete acceptance.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 01 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!

© Des Gates
Two Languages in the ’76 WALKÜRE Death-Announcement Scene

A cast substitution with unexpected results.