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