Listen Now: Seattle Opera's Mid 70's Ring Cycle

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday, 27 June 2014 | 1:57:00 am

Walkures from Seattle's 1975 Ring

Made available, kindly, by Seattle Opera. There is also an interview with Joan Herald, who performed as Ortlinde in 1973's Settle Opera's 1973 Walkure to be found by clicking here

When Seattle Opera first began presenting Wagner's RING, in the mid-1970s, the cycle was done twice each summer--once in the original German, once in Andrew Porter's English singing translation. Recordings survive of some of those original cycles, thanks to KUOW, who broadcast the English-language performances for several years. Enjoy these excerpts showcasing the voices of Seattle Opera's first generation of Wagner stars.