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Speight Jenkins Is Chevalier in the Order of Arts et Lettres

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Former Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins became a Chevalier in the Order of Arts et Lettres, receiving the insignia from the Consul General of France, Pauline Carmona during her first trip to Seattle.


“It was a total shock,” when he heard he was being decorated. “I am really gratified.”

He suspects the French took notice of his production of 16 French operas in Seattle — productions not a lot of American companies take on, he said.

From the archives, the French operas by French composers that were produced first by Jenkins were:

  • Manon
  • Roméo et Juliette
  • Pelléas et Mélisande
  • Les pêcheurs de perles (2x)
  • La voix Humaine
  • Don Quichotte
  • Dialogues des Carmélites

Operas by French composers returning under Jenkins were:

  • Faust (2x)
  • Carmen (2x)
  • Lakmé
  • Les contes d’Hoffmann (2x)
  • Werther

Other operas in French:

  • Iphigènie en Tauride (Gluck)
  • Orphée et Eurydice (Gluck)
  • La fille du régiment (Donizetti)
  • Don Carlos (Verdi)
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