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