Release date: 5/10/2011

Elizabeth Bishop to Replace Larissa Diadkova as Fricka in San Francisco Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 10, 2011)—American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop will replace Larissa Diadkova as Fricka in San Francisco Opera’s 2011 production of Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Fricka appears in two of the Ring cycle’s four operas—Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. Larissa Diadkova has withdrawn from these performances due to personal reasons. A former Adler Fellow and Merola Opera Program alumna, Elizabeth Bishop appeared as Fricka in San Francisco Opera’s 1999 Das Rheingold as well as in Washington National Opera’s performances of Francesca Zambello’s Ring production in 2006 (Das Rheingold) and 2007 (Die Walküre). Of her Fricka at Washington National Opera, the Washington Post wrote “Elizabeth Bishop . . . was excellent, singing clearly and soulfully, with proper Wagnerian amplitude.”
 
Elizabeth Bishop made her San Francisco Opera debut in 1994 as Inez in Il Trovatore and has sung nearly twenty roles with the Company, including Tisbe (La Cenerentola), the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Flora (La Traviata), and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) as well as creating the roles of Emilie (Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons) and Mama (Wallace’s Harvey Milk). Bishop’s engagements this season include the title role of Iphigénie en Tauride at the Metropolitan Opera, the Principessa (Adriana Lecouvreur) with Washington Concert Opera, and Mother Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Pittsburgh Opera. Other career highlights include Fenena, Venus (Tannhäuser), Mère Marie, and the Second Norn (Götterdämmerung) at the Met; Fricka, Eboli (Don Carlo), Meg Page (Falstaff), Gertrude (Hamlet), and the Marquise de Merteuil (The Dangerous Liaisons) with Washington National Opera; Marthe Rull (Kleist’s Der zerbrochene Krug), Third Maid (Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg), and Grandmother Buryja (Jenůfa) with Los Angeles Opera; Amneris (Aida) with Atlanta Opera; Offred in the North American premiere of Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale with Minnesota Opera; and principal roles with Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, Pacific Opera Victoria, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
 
 
About The Ring Cycle
 
San Francisco Opera presents Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, one of the greatest works ever conceived for the operatic stage, in a new production by San Francisco Opera Artistic Adviser and internationally celebrated director Francesca Zambello. The four operas in this new production—Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung—are presented for the first time as a complete cycle. Der Ring des Nibelungen is presented in three complete cycles this summer (June 14–19, June 21–26, and June 28–July 3), in addition to the San Francisco production premiere performance of Siegfried on May 29 and new production premiere performance of Götterdämmerung on June 5.
 
Maestro Donald Runnicles, one of the world’s most acclaimed Wagner conductors and former San Francisco Opera music director, will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in these performances that feature an international roster of singers, including Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde), Mark Delavan (Wotan), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried/Siegfried), Ian Storey (Siegfried/Götterdämmerung), Gordon Hawkins (Alberich), Elizabeth Bishop (Fricka), David Cangelosi (Mime), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund and Froh), Stefan Margita (Loge), Gerd Grochowski (Donner and Gunther) and Andrea Silvestrelli (Fasolt and Hagen).
 
In conjunction with the Ring cycles, a diverse array of cultural and educational institutions have partnered with San Francisco Opera to present lectures and symposia, exhibits, musical performances, film screenings and other events throughout the Bay Area. For more information about San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle and Ring Festival, visit sfopera.com/ring.
 
 
Ticket Information
 
Single tickets are available for each of the four operas comprising the RingDas Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung—which will be presented in three cycles this summer (June 14–19, June 21–26, and June 28–July 3) at the War Memorial Opera House. Tickets are also available for the San Francisco production premiere of Siegfried on May 29 and the new production premiere of Götterdämmerung on June 5. Full Ring cycle series tickets are also available, with best availability in Cycle 3. With sales for San Francisco Opera’s highly anticipated Ring cycle already reaching 90% of capacity for the three complete cycles, tickets are limited; call the box office for availability.  
           
Tickets are available online at sfopera.com or from the San Francisco Opera Box Office either in person or by phone at (415) 864-3330. Standing Room tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance; tickets are $10 each, cash only.