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