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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 DUTCHMAN

Speight learns to listen to young people at final dress rehearsals.

© Ron Scherl
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 86 RING

How the first go-around of “Ring 2” had some strengths and some weaknesses.

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 85 WALKÜRE

Speight remembers when the “Shiite Wagnerites” demanded his head.

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 84 RING

Speight’s story of saving his first-ever RING from disaster.

© Chris Bennion
1986 Salome

Josephine Barstow was “a soprano of pantherlike grace and searing intensity.”

© Matthew McVay
JULIAN PATRICK as Beckmesser

A serenade gone hilariously wrong!

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1985/86 Salome Program

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© Ron Scherl
1987 Ring

Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance!

© Ron Scherl
1986 RING

The first complete presentation of the imaginative Rochaix/Israel Ring 2.

© Chris Bennion
1985 Die Walküre

The moment when the difference between Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross became apparent!

© Chris Bennion
1984 Ring

The last summer for Ring 1!

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1991 Ring Program

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1989/90 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Program

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1988/89 Flying Dutchman Program

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1987 Ring Program

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1986 Ring Program

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1985/86 Die Walküre Program

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1984 Ring Program

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© Matthew McVay
1989: Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing

Hear the great Canadian tenor sing one of his most gorgeous roles.

© Ron Scherl
Roger Roloff as Wotan

Hear the bass-baritone who often sang Wotan in Seattle in the ’80s.

© Gary Smith
1991 Ring

RING 2 achieved widespread acceptance this summer, and the number of performances increased to three.

© Ron Scherl
1989 The Flying Dutchman
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1989 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Seattle Opera’s only production to date of Wagner’s sunny comedy.