Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English!
The first complete presentation of the imaginative Rochaix/Israel Ring 2.
Perhaps the wildest animal ever to appear on our stage…
Explore the 1994/95 Lohengrin Program!
From the 2009 Ring cycle performances
Explore the 1974/75 Gotterdammerung Program!
The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera!
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s resident tenor in the ’70s!
R. M. Campbell’s obituary recaps the remarkable career of Glynn Ross.
The unforgettable opera that opened McCaw Hall!
A complete list of Wagner performances in Seattle.
The making of the Ring
Explore the 1980/81 Tristan and Isolde Program!
Hear Asher Fisch conduct the TRISTAN Prelude!
Explore the 1985/86 Die Walküre Program!
Explore the 1977 Ring Program.
Explore the 1971/72 Flying Dutchman Program!
The moment when the difference between Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross became apparent!
Explore the 1972/73 Die Walküre Program!
Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!
By 1980, Seattle’s Ring was a well-known west coast cultural phenomenon.
The final outing of Ring 2 was a great success, artistically—and financially!
Hear the bass who was with us from before the beginning.
Wagner News: “An opera experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Watch Video: Music with Maestro Asher Fisch
Explore the 2001 Ring Program!
Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan.
The first Wagner production at Seattle Opera!
The “Green” Ring looked better than ever this summer.
Listen to the voice of Seattle’s reigning king of the gods.
Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.
Hear the winners of our International Wagner Competitions!
Explore the 2004/05 Lohengrin Program!
Explore the 1982 Ring Program!
Explore the 1995 Ring Program!
Wagner’s mighty epic performed for–and by!–kids all over Washington State.
The final cycle produced by Glynn Ross.
A new Brünnhilde headlined our second complete cycle.
A 1982 article about Glynn Ross and Seattle’s Ring.
For Seattle Opera’s only production of this masterpiece, we projected titles above the stage for the first time.
Explore the 1973/74 Siegfried Program!
“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!
From 2009 Ring cycle performances.
The first full performance of Seattle Opera’s beloved “Green” Ring.
Speight remembers how the “Green” RING began its life.
Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.
Explore the 2009 Ring Program!
Listen to a clip from Perry Lorenzo’s famous RING lectures!
Listen to Asher Fisch conduct overwhelming music from the first show in McCaw Hall!
A new Siegfried added to the excitement of Seattle Opera’s most ambitious summer program yet.
Pete Olds’ quick-thinking saves the day.
Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!
From the book, “Classical Music in America”
Explore the 1974/75 Ring Program!
Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.
Excerpt from The Journal of the Wagner Society of Northern California
Speight’s story of saving his first-ever RING from disaster.
Explore the 2010/11 Tristan and Isolde Program!
Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.
Explore the 1991 Ring Program!
Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English!
Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.
Greer Grimsley’s first Wagner opera—complete with giant animatronic swan!
A game of musical chairs ensued when several Ring singers switched parts.
Wagner’s rollicking sea yarn came to Seattle with a famous cast.
The award-winning performance in the first opera in the renovated McCaw Hall.
Explore the 2005 Ring Program!
Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.
A serenade gone hilariously wrong!
Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.
The orchestra mourns the death of a fallen hero.
Edward Sooter made a great addition to our Ring cast at its fifth consecutive summer.
Explore the 1987 Ring Program!
Explore the 1984 Ring Program!
This preview of our third RING production featured the first two operas in the cycle, presented in full one year later.
“Gloomy captain, go on land; seek a faithful woman’s hand! Another seven years rush by; another woman soon must die.”
Our first production of Wagner’s great song of love and death.
Explore the 2003/04 Parsifal Program!
Hear two of the great Wagner voices of our time, at the peak of their powers.
Explore the 1979 Ring Program!
Explore the 1998/99 Tristan and Isolde Program!
Watch a Video Excerpt
Watch Director’s Talk Video with Peter Kazaras
The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.
Duesing implores the Evening Star to bear his love to the lady of his heart.
Listen to excerpts from Seattle Opera’s English-language RINGS!
The most familiar music from Wagner’s RING!
The Making of the Ring
Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!
Hear the voice of Noel Tyl, one of our first Wotans.
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s first Music and Education Director!
Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.
Explore the 1989/90 Master-Singers of Nuremberg Program!
From the 2009 Ring
Explore the 1984/85 Tannhäuser Program!
Speight finds a new Siegfried–after the final dress rehearsal!
The once-controversial “Ring 2” finally earns complete acceptance.
How the first go-around of “Ring 2” had some strengths and some weaknesses.
Explore the 2007/08 Flying Dutchman Program!
Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!
Explore the program for our Summer 1981 Wagner festival, featuring the Ring and Tristan and Isolde.
Explore the 2000/01 Das Rheingold, Die Walküre Program!
Three-minute complilation of footage from the final dress rehearsal of 2009’s DAS RHEINGOLD.
Hear Seattle’s first malevolent Lord of the Ring.
Part one of our series previewing 2009 RING Cycle focused on the artists involved and their rehearsal process.
A minimalist new production directed by Peter Kazaras that was inspired in part from the Ambrose Bierce short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”
Speight learns to listen to young people at final dress rehearsals.
RING 2 achieved widespread acceptance this summer, and the number of performances increased to three.
Speight remembers how supertitles came to Seattle Opera.
Explore the 2013 Ring Program!
Explore the 1983 Ring Program!
Speight remembers when the “Shiite Wagnerites” demanded his head.
Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer.
Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.
The last summer for Ring 1!
Explore the 1976 Ring Program!
The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!
A second Ring opera is added to Seattle’s repertory.
Hear the bass-baritone who often sang Wotan in Seattle in the ’80s.
One of our favorite baritones sings Alberich’s curse.
Revival of the 1994 production directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”
Explore the 1980 Ring Program!
Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde.
A cast substitution with unexpected results.
Explore the 1988/89 Flying Dutchman Program!
Explore the 1986 Ring Program!
Explore the 1978 Ring Program!
It’s love at first sight (and hearing!) when Seattle Opera meets Richard Wagner.
Hear the mezzo who was Seattle’s original Queen of the Gods.