This summer, the San Francisco Opera will present Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in three complete cycles.
The company will showcase each cycle over the course of one week as the composer originally intended, from June 12 through July 1 at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast is set to include some of today’s greatest Wagnerians including Irene Theorin (Brünnhilde), Greer Grimsley (Wotan), Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Karita Mattila (Sieglinde), Brandon Jovanovich (Froh and Siegmund), Falk Struckmann (Alberich), and Jamie Barton (Fricka), among others. Donald Runnicles will conduct the three cycles in Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production.
San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock said in a press release: “If there is one artistic undertaking that demonstrates the complete mettle of an opera company it is Wagner’s ‘Ring.’ San Francisco Opera has a storied history with this life-affirming work, and it is a great privilege for all of us to bring it to the stage once again. It will take us all on a powerful journey, deep into the very understanding of what it means to be human. There are no bounds to how far one can explore this monumental artwork and we are so happy to be presenting a number of engaging Ring Festival events around the cycles. This is a unique opportunity to get immersed in one unbelievably powerful event. I can’t wait!”
All artists will perform their roles in each of the three cycles, which are scheduled for June 12–17, June 19–24 and June 26–July 1, 2018. Alongside the presentation of the “Ring,” the company will showcase a number Public Enrichment Events for the Ring Festival including Lectures, Symposia, Film Screenings and Musical Programs.