© Chris Bennion
Speight’s Wagner Memories: 84 RING

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

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“The RING Goes to School”

Wagner’s mighty epic performed for–and by!–kids all over Washington State.

Illustration by Alexandre Serebriakoff from the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 1939 story-book version of the RING.
Asher Fisch Conducts Siegfried’s Funeral March

The orchestra mourns the death of a fallen hero.

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Ride of the Valkyries

The most familiar music from Wagner’s RING!

© Chris Bennion
THE RING in English

Listen to excerpts from Seattle Opera’s English-language RINGS!

Perry Lorenzo
PERRY LORENZO on Wagner’s “Ring”

Listen to a clip from Perry Lorenzo’s famous RING lectures!

© Gary Smith
2001 Ring

The first full performance of Seattle Opera’s beloved “Green” Ring.

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WILLIAM WILDERMANN as Hagen

Hear the bass who was with us from before the beginning.

© Chris Bennion
MALCOLM RIVERS as Alberich

Hear Seattle’s first malevolent Lord of the Ring.

© Des Gates
Two Languages in the ’76 WALKÜRE Death-Announcement Scene

A cast substitution with unexpected results.

Glynn Ross
GLYNN ROSS Welcomes You To The RING

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director!

© Chris Bennion
DENNIS BAILEY as Froh

Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s resident tenor in the ’70s!

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2013 Ring Program

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© Gary Smith
JULIAN PATRICK as Alberich

One of our favorite baritones sings Alberich’s curse.

© Rozarii Lynch
2005 Ring

Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan.

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Götterdämmerung

From 2009 Ring cycle performances.

© Chris Bennion
2009 Siegfried

From the 2009 Ring cycle performances

© Chris Bennion
2009 Die Walküre

From the 2009 Ring cycle performances

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Das Rheingold

From the 2009 Ring

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

The making of the Ring

© Bill Mohn
The Road to Valhalla Part 4: Special Effects

The Making of the Ring

© Chris Bennion
The Road to Valhalla Part 3: Sets and Props

The Making of the Ring

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 The Road to Valhalla Part 2 – Costumes

The making of the Ring

© Gary Smith
1985-1995 RING 2

Watch clips from our imaginative second production of Wagner’s Ring.

RING in English: Noel Tyl as Wotan

Hear the voice of Noel Tyl, one of our first Wotans.

RING in English: Paul Crook as Mime and Raimund Herincx as Wotan

Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English!

© Des Gates
RING in English: Archie Drake as Gunther and James McCray as Siegfried

Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English!

© Rozarii Lynch
2009 Ring

The “Green” Ring looked better than ever this summer.

© 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!

© Chris Bennion
1983 Ring

The final cycle produced by Glynn Ross.

© Chris Bennion
1982 Ring

A game of musical chairs ensued when several Ring singers switched parts.

© Chris Bennion
1981 Ring

A new Siegfried added to the excitement of Seattle Opera’s most ambitious summer program yet.

© Chris Bennion
1980 RING

By 1980, Seattle’s Ring was a well-known west coast cultural phenomenon.

2009 The Ring Cover
2009 Ring Program

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2005 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
2005 Ring Program

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2001 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
2001 Ring Program

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2000/01 Das Rheingold, Die Walküre Program

Explore the 2000/01 Das Rheingold, Die Walküre Program!

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1995 Ring Program

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© Chris Bennion
1979 Ring

Edward Sooter made a great addition to our Ring cast at its fifth consecutive summer.

© Chris Bennion
1978 Ring

Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer.

© Chris Bennion
1977 Ring

Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde.

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1991 Ring Program

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1987 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
1987 Ring Program

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1986 Ring Program

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1985/86 Die Walküre Program

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1983 Ring Program

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1982 Ring Program

Explore the 1982 Ring Program!

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1981 Ring & Tristan Program

Explore the program for our Summer 1981 Wagner festival, featuring the Ring and Tristan and Isolde.

1980 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
1980 Ring Program

Explore the 1980 Ring Program!

© Bob Peterson
1976 Ring

A new Brünnhilde headlined our second complete cycle.

© Chris Bennion
1975 Ring

The first Ring performed complete within a week in the U.S. in a generation.

© Des Gates
1975 Götterdämmerung

The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera!

© Des Gates
1974 Siegfried

A second Ring opera is added to Seattle’s repertory.

© Des Gates
1973 Die Walküre

Glynn Ross begins introducing his favorite opera tetralogy to Seattle.

© Ron Scherl
1987: Leonie Rysanek as Sieglinde

The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance!

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Geraldine Decker as Erda

Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter.

© Ron Scherl
Roger Roloff as Wotan

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

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1976: Seattle Opera’s Early Valkyries

“Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English!

© Rozarii Lynch
Artist of the Year: GREER GRIMSLEY as Wotan

Listen to the voice of Seattle’s reigning king of the gods.

© Gary Smith
1995 Ring

The final outing of Ring 2 was a great success, artistically—and financially!

2009 DAS RHEINGOLD Preview

Three-minute complilation of footage from the final dress rehearsal of 2009’s DAS RHEINGOLD.

© 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.

© Gary Smith
1991 Ring

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

© Gary Smith
2000 Das Rheingold and Die Walküre

This preview of our third RING production featured the first two operas in the cycle, presented in full one year later.

1979 The Ring of the Nibelung Cover
1979 Ring Program

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1978 Ring Program

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1976 Ring Program

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1975/76 The Ring Program

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1974/75 Gotterdammerung Program

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1973/74 Siegfried Program

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1972/73 Die Walküre Program

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