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