Release date: 4/13/2011
Single Tickets Now on Sale for San Francisco Opera's Highly Anticipated Summer 2011 Ring Cycle
Individual tickets for Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung available at the San Francisco Opera Box Office, sfopera.com or (415) 864-3330
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 13, 2011, UPDATED April 21, 2011) – Individual tickets for San Francisco Opera’s Summer 2011 presentation of Richard Wagner’s epic cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), are now on sale through the San Francisco Opera Box Office, online at sfopera.com or by calling (415) 864-3330.
Single tickets are available for each of the four operas comprising the Ring—Das 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. With sales for San Francisco Opera’s highly anticipated Ring cycle already reaching 86% of capacity for the three complete cycles, ticket availability is limited.
Individual tickets for Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung are priced from $95 to $360. The May 29 Siegfried and June 5 Götterdämmerung premiere performances and June 28-July 3 (Cycle 3) performances offer best availability. Tickets for full cycles remain on sale and best available seat locations are being held for patrons wishing to purchase complete Ring cycles.
San Francisco Opera presents 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. 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), Larissa Diadkova (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).
Zambello and set designer Michael Yeargan use imagery from various eras of American history to illuminate Wagner’s legend in which human virtue and nature’s sanctuary fall prey to greed and lust. The talented creative team also includes costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Mark McCullough, projection designers Jan Hartley with S. Katy Tucker, choreographer Lawrence Pech and Chorus Director Ian Robertson. Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried are co-productions with Washington National Opera; Götterdämmerung is a new San Francisco Opera production premiere.
San Francisco Opera has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading companies to present the entire Ring cycle, with past acclaimed presentations at the War Memorial Opera House in 1935, 1936 (omitting Siegfried), 1972, 1985, 1990 and 1999. The City of San Francisco played host to two other presentations of the Ring in 1900 by the Metropolitan Opera at the Grand Opera House, led by famed conductor Walter Damrosch, and a partial Ring cycle in 1931 (omitting Das Rheingold) by the Grand German Opera Company in Civic Auditorium.
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 audiences who desire to connect with the Ring in new and compelling ways. For more information about San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle and Ring Festival, visit sfopera.com/ring.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s May 29–July 3, 2011 presentation of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungen)
are priced from $95 to $360 and availability is limited. The May 29 Siegfried
and June 5 Götterdämmerung
premiere performances and June 28-July 3 (Cycle 3) performances offer best availability. Single tickets are now 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.
Full Ring cycle series tickets are also available, with best availability in Cycle 3. To purchase complete cycles, please call the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330.
The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For more public transportation information, visit bart.gov and sfmuni.com.
All performances feature OperaVision; OperaVision screens, hung from the ceiling of the balcony section, provide close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video. Supertitles are shown at the bottom of each screen. San Francisco Opera introduced OperaVision in 2007 as an innovative way to give balcony audiences a better view of the stage