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Exit Interview

Speight Jenkins has seen it all in his thirty-one-year tenure at the helm of Seattle Opera. On the eve of his retirement, he talks to MARK MANDEL about his trials and triumphs, and how the opera world has changed.

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Greer Grimsley in Seattle Opera's 2009 Walküre
© Chris Bennion 2014
Speight Jenkins, at seventy-seven, can think of "only one reason that I'm glad to retire" — which he will do in September after thirty-one years as general director of Seattle Opera. "I'm just tired o...

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