© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 05 RING

Speight: “A remarkably easy RING!”

© Rozarii Lynch
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 03 PARSIFAL

Speight remembers consecrating McCaw Hall with Wagner’s most Wagnerian opera.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 01 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–with two days notice!

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 2000 Half-RING

Speight remembers how the “Green” RING began its life.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 98 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Speight’s dreams come true with a match made in operatic heaven.

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 95 RING

Speight finds a new Siegfried–after the final dress rehearsal!

© Gary Smith
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 94 LOHENGRIN

Speight gets the swan just the way he likes it!

© Gary Smith)
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 91 RING

The once-controversial “Ring 2” finally earns complete acceptance.

© Matthew McVay
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 MEISTERSINGER

Speight remembers how Nuremberg came to Seattle.

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Speight’s Wagner Memories: 89 DUTCHMAN

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

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 87 RING

Speight remembers his first great success with the RING.

© 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 TANNHÄUSER

Speight remembers how supertitles came to Seattle Opera.

© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 84 RING

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

© Bill Mohn
Joseph Horowitz on Wagner in Seattle

From the book, “Classical Music in America”

© Chris Bennion
1985 Jenůfa

Featuring the Seattle Opera debuts of Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras!

© Bill Mohn
The Road to Valhalla Part 5: Orchestra & Chorus

The making of the Ring

Speight Debut
1982: Speight Jenkins Meets Seattle Opera

Speight lectures on the Ring in the summer of 1982.

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2009 "Speight Jenkins Day" on April 25

Mayor Greg Nickels honored Speight’s 25th with a proclamation.

© Bill Mohn
2009 RING – Road to Valhalla Part I: Rehearsals and Artists

Part one of our series previewing 2009 RING Cycle focused on the artists involved and their rehearsal process.