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From Glynn Ross's first production of Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen in 1975 to Speight Jenkins' presentations of all ten of Wagner's major works, Seattle Opera’s continued emphasis on the music dramas of Richard Wagner is a key component of our mission and has made Seattle a can’t-miss destination for Wagnerians around the world. In this section you can explore Wagner's legacy and discover why his work holds a special place in Seattle Opera's history.

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Wagner at Seattle Opera

Wagner at Seattle Opera

An overview essay describing how it all began, and all the major milestones.

Seattle's First Ring

Photos, reviews, and rememberances of the production that started it all.

Critical Reviews

Members of the national and international press chime in on Seattle Opera’s Wagner productions.

About Richard Wagner

Wagner's Major Works

Richard Wagner wrote ten major operas during his career. Snapshot synopses for all of them can be found here.

The Life of Richard Wagner

A thumbnail biography of the composer and guide to suggested further reading.

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Photo Credit

Das Rheingold, 2005 © Rozarii Lynch photo