The germ of an idea for a “green” Ring Cycle entered Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins' head in 1994, seven years before the plan reached fruition in Seattle Opera's triumphant 2001 production. By 1995, he had chosen Stephen Wadsworth as his stage director, and, with him, set designer Thomas Lynch, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, and costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, with a plan to present a Ring that hewed as closely as possible to Wagner's own stage directions, ...

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