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