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