Ring Festival Events

Ring Festival 2011

A diverse array of cultural and educational institutions are presenting lectures and symposia, exhibits, musical performances, film screenings and other events throughout the Bay Area. Visit sfopera.com/calendar and select “Ring Festival Event” from the “All Events” dropdown menu to explore coming events by month. 

For Design Your Own Ring cycle packages, please call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330. To purchase individual Ring tickets, please click here.

Pre-Cycle Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3


Pre-Cycle Events

Opera: The Human Experience in Music, Voice and Drama

Instructor Rick Flynn will teach an online college class focusing on Wagner’s Ring cycle and its musical and mythical beginnings.

The first part of the course will explore how music and literature have come together through the history of opera, and the second part will be devoted entirely to the Ring. We’ll explore the myths and literary influences that inspired this musical edifice.

HUMAN-040
Opera: The Human Experience in Music, Voice and Drama
3 Units
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL-100
LMC: GE: Humanities, DA Transfer: UC, CSU Gen. Ed. Area C1, IGETC Area 3A

This course is ideal for college students who need the humanities credits, high school seniors who are in AP English, and adults who are interested in broadening their understanding.

Enrollment begins in December 2010 at www.losmedanos.edu.
Cost: $78 (plus fees).

Los Medanos College

(online)

http://www.losmedanos.edu/  


EVENT DATES
January 21, 2011, 12:00pm

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Wagner's Ring Cycle for Everyone!

The Ring is a monumental experience. From the first theme to the stupendous finale, this is a work of art that changes people's lives. As we concentrate on learning the musical, dramatic, and literary significance, we will also learn how this major work has influenced other artists and art forms. No musical knowledge necessary.

Presented by: Dr. Marcia Green, San Francisco Opera Pre-Opera Talk Lecturer.

6 Monday Classes: February 7–March 14, 2011, 1–3pm, $150 (includes one year's membership dues to OLLI)

Regsitration: For registration information call (415) 817-4243 or visit creativearts.sfsu.edu/olli.


EVENT DATES
February 7, 2011, 1:00pm February 14, 2011, 1:00pm February 21, 2011, 1:00pm
February 28, 2011, 1:00pm March 7, 2011, 1:00pm March 14, 2011, 1:00pm

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Explore Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Online Learning

From March 1 through July 31, 2011, discover Wagner’s Ring cycle with OPERA America’s Online Learning course – free of charge!

About the course
Richard Wagner's epic Der Ring des Nibelungen was a quarter century in the making and changed the course of operatic history. It also remains the ultimate challenge for a company to produce. In conjunction with San Francisco Opera’s 2011 Ring cycle, the course will provide a comprehensive entry into the complex, labyrinthine and endlessly fascinating world that Wagner created through his extraordinary synthesis of the arts. In keeping with the Ring's scope, this course will offer eight full lectures, covering: background on Wagner, his musical methods and mythological sources; the history of Ring productions; and individual introductions to each of the cycle's four operas.

About the instructor
Thomas May is a full-time freelance writer and educator. He serves as the English language editor for the Lucerne Festival and is a contributing writer to the San Francisco Symphony program book. His work regularly appears in the programs of other leading opera companies and orchestras – including those of the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is also the program annotator for the New World Symphony and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. May's features and profiles appear in Playbill, Encore and LISTEN, while his criticism can be found in Opera Now and on the Web site crosscut.com. May has lectured on composers from Wagner to Philip Glass, and has been the instructor for two of OPERA America's online courses, Nixon in China and Brief Encounter. His books include Decoding Wagner: An Invitation to His World of Music Drama and The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer, both from Amadeus Press.

Registration
Access to this Online Learning course is free, but you must register. Send an email with your name, street address and the email address where you would like to receive the course information to OARingCourse@sfopera.com by February 25, 2011 in order to start on March 1, 2011. Patrons who register after this date will receive the link within a week and can register until June 15, 2011. Links to course lectures are delivered via email, so you MUST include your email address. 

 


EVENT DATES
March 1, 2011, 12:00pm

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Music and the Brain Symposium: Aspects of Memory in the Ring

Friday, March 04 – Saturday, March 05, 2011

As part of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts' theme "Memory," the annual Symposium on Music and the Brain, will focus on aspects of music and memory. As part of the conference (which is open to the public without charge), Professor T.S. Grey (Stanford), renowned expert on the music of Wagner, will present a lecture on aspects of memory in the Ring and Wagner's use of leitmotif.

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EVENT DATES
March 4, 2011, 12:00pm March 5, 2011, 12:00pm

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A Love Meal with Richard Wagner

March 26, 2011
1:00 pm
 
Conrad Susa, Composer and Professor, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Conrad Susa, Professor San Francisco Conservatory of Music will discuss the development of Richard Wagner’s choral writing beginning with the enormous choral work Liebesmahl den Apostel and continuing on through the opera choruses moving from Flying Dutchman through to Götterdämmerung.

wagnersf.org



EVENT DATES
March 26, 2011, 1:00pm

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Foreign Experiences, an Opera by Robert Ashley Featuring Sam Ashley and Jacqueline Humbert

The Mills College Department of Music and the Center for Contemporary Music

Saturday, April 02, 2011

8pm

musicnow.mills.edu/foreignexperiences.php

Adventurous members of the Ring audience will enjoy Foreign Experiences by Robert Ashley, an American avant-garde composer who writes his own operatic cycles of epic proportions. Like Francesca Zambello's Ring, Foreign Experiences portrays life in America, focusing on an individual’s search for self-realization within the lonely, isolated California cultural landscape.

Price:
$15 General Admission
$10 seniors and non-Mills students
Free to Mills students/faculty/staff and alumnae/alumni (with AAMC card)


EVENT DATES
April 2, 2011, 8:00pm

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Voices that Touch the Heart: The Ring and Beyond

Tuesday, April 05 – Tuesday, May 17, 2011

10:30am–12:30pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University

creativearts.sfsu.edu/olli

Join music critic Jason Victor Serinus on a light-filled voyage of discovery and beauty. Listen to recordings and view DVDs of Wagner's Ring, as well as hearing arias and songs by other composers; compare interpretations; and discuss how and why certain singers touch our hearts and communicate the essence of a composer's genius.

6 Tuesday Classes: April 5–May 17, 2011, 10:30am–12:30pm (no class April 19), $135 (includes one year's membership dues to OLLI)

Registration: For registration information call (415) 817-4243 or visit creativearts.sfsu.edu/olli.


EVENT DATES
April 5, 2011, 10:30am April 12, 2011, 10:30am April 19, 2011, 10:30am
April 26, 2011, 10:30am May 3, 2011, 10:30am May 10, 2011, 10:30am
May 17, 2011, 10:30am

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Voices that Touch the Heart: The Ring and Beyond

Wednesday, April 06 – Wednesday, May 11, 2011

UC Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI @Berkeley) will include "Voices that Touch the Heart: The Ring and Beyond" among its courses for the Spring 2011 term (Wednesdays, April 6–May 11, 2011).

Join music critic Jason Victor Serinus on a voyage of discovery and beauty. Listen to recordings of Wagner's music, compare interpretations, and discuss how certain voices and artists ring true to us. Arias and art song by other composers from different periods will round out this lively, interactive exploration of singers who thrill and touch the heart.

Visit olli.berkeley.edu in January 2011 for details about this and other courses. Class location TBD

OLLI @Berkeley offers an ongoing program of six-week courses, lecture series, and special events for the community as well as a creative forum for new ideas and expressions. OLLI provides older adults an intellectual, cultural, and creative connection to Berkeley as well as a place for Berkeley's distinguished faculty and others to share their research and interests in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.


EVENT DATES
April 6, 2011, 12:00pm April 13, 2011, 12:00pm April 20, 2011, 12:00pm
April 27, 2011, 12:00pm May 4, 2011, 12:00pm May 11, 2011, 12:00pm

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Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung: A Listener's Guide and Behind-the-Scenes Exploration

April 7-28, 2011
Four Thursdays—7:00-8:30pm

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Adult Extension Division, 2011

Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration, San Francisco Opera

As San Francisco Opera prepares to present Richard Wagner’s monumental four-part cycle The Ring of the Nibelung, join SFO’s Director of Music Administration, Kip Cranna, to explore the music of The Ring in detail, as we examine his ingenious use of signature themes known as “leitmotivs.” We’ll compare various production styles, using video examples, and get an insider’s viewpoint on the practical challenges of producing a Ring.  (This will be Kip’s fourth!) The class will discuss background information about the composition of the operas, and focus on listening skills that will help you to better appreciate Wagner’s astounding saga about gods, mortals, giants, monsters, and dwarves, in this gripping tale of love, death, greed, redemption--and the end of the world.

Four Thursday classes: $195

Class I.  April 7
An overview of the Ring, and a close look at the “Prologue,” Das Rheingold. The theft of gold from the River Rhine to forge a magic ring violates nature and brings down a fateful curse.

Class II. April 14
Die Walküre: Take a ride with the Valkyries as we watch a warrior maiden defy her father Wotan, the head of the gods.

Class III.  April 21
Siegfried: A bumpkin becomes a hero who wins the ring and finds a bride in a circle of flame.

Class IV:  April 28
The Twilight of the Gods (Götterdämmerung):  A god’s fatal mistakes bring about his destruction, and the world beings anew.


sfcm.edu/prep_adultdivisions/adult_courses.aspx#course00 


EVENT DATES
April 7, 2011, 7:00pm April 14, 2011, 7:00pm April 21, 2011, 7:00pm
April 28, 2011, 7:00pm

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Daveda Karanas Sings Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder

5:30pm

Sunday, April 10, 2011 

San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut Recital

Former Adler Fellow, mezzo-soprano Daveda Karenas, presents a Schwabacher Debut Recital featuring Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, accompanied by pianist Allen Perriello.

Schwabacher Recital: 5:30pm at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary, 2 Lake Street (at Arguello), San Francisco.

Tickets: available through the San Francisco Opera Box Office, (415) 864-3330, starting winter 2011.

For 27 years, San Francisco Opera's Schwabacher Debut Recitals have been instrumental in launching the careers of great artists including Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Brian Asawa and Anna Netrebko. Another exciting group of artists will showcase their talent this spring. See them first—before they become world-famous. 


EVENT DATES
April 10, 2011, 5:30pm

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Leitmotif and Memory in Götterdämmerung: Siegfried and the Potion

April 16, 2011

1:00 pm
 
Thomas Grey, Professor of Music at Stanford University

In his talk, Professor Grey will be applying the ideas from new fields of music cognition and perception to both our understanding of Wagner's leitmotifs as well as the way they can be said to function within the "consciousness" of characters in the operas.

wagnersf.org

EVENT DATES
April 16, 2011, 1:00pm

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Orchestral Journeys: Music of Wagner and Elgar

Saturday, April 30, 2011

8pm

sfcm.edu

The Conservatory Orchestra is the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s premiere instrumental ensemble and one of the nation’s finest young musician orchestras. Led by music director Andrew Mogrelia, the orchestra presents a full concert season each year as well as operatic performances, student concerto competitions and public workshops with distinguished visiting conductors.

   Wagner
   Das Rheingold - Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
   Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Rhine Journey
   Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Funeral March

   Elgar
   Enigma Variations

Tickets: $20; $15 students and seniors
Box Office hours: Monday–Friday 10am–4pm, (415) 503-6275 or online.

 


EVENT DATES
April 30, 2011, 8:00pm

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The Gurs Zyklus

Trimpin; Rinde Eckert, director
Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University

Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8pm


The concept of Gesamtkunstwerk has special contemporary resonance in the work of Trimpin; kinetic sculptor, inventor, musician and MacArthur "Genius" award winner. "THE GURS ZYKLUS" ("the Gurs Cycle"), commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts, explores Trimpin's personal history as impacted by the Nazi death camps in a multi-media work, equal part sound, sculpture and opera.

http://livelyarts.stanford.edu/event.php?code=TRIM

EVENT DATES
May 14, 2011, 8:00pm

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Environmental Awareness: Science and Wagner’s Ring

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

7pm

Panelists Jan Hartley, Ring projection designer, Carol Tang, earth scientist and director of Public Programs, California Academy of Sciences, and other members of the Ring production and design team provide perspectives on the intersection of science and the environment in Wagner’s work and the rise of environmental stewardship in Germany and the U.S. The Ring was first presented in its entirety in 1876 following rapid industrialization in Germany, while at the same time, pioneer conservationist John Muir studied and wrote about plant life in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 7pm, African Hall, California Academy of Sciences

Price: $18 adults; $15 seniors; $15 Academy members

Ticket purchase information will be available in early 2011 at calacademy.org/events or by phone at (800) 794-7576.

calacademy.org


EVENT DATES
May 17, 2011, 7:00pm

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Designing Wagner's Ring: An Aesthetic/Historical View (1876-2010)

May 24, 2011, 7pm

Cameo Exhibition Opening and Lecture     
 

Designing Wagner's Ring—a cameo exhibition opening May 24, 2011 in Gallery 3 at the Museum—examines Ring productions with special design significance, from traditional to avant-garde.

Covering a period of more than 130 years, the exhibition of over 70 images offers a deeper "visual literacy" of the Ring and a greater appreciation of the total aesthetic experience—the Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk.

Join us for the opening of this special exhibition which will include a wine reception and a special lecture by the curator, Stanford Professor William Eddelman. The lecture will examine the visual aspects (scenery, costumes and lighting) that have reconceptualized The Ring over its entire history and employ a rich array of images and video to demonstrate how successive waves of artists have sought to reclaim and reinterpret Wagner's operas for new generations.

Admission: $15 MPD Members / $20 for non-Members

To reserve now click here.

Please note: The exhibit is currently on view to the public on the walls outside the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.


EVENT DATES
May 24, 2011, 7:00pm

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Panel Discussion: Wagner Through a Jewish Lens—The Enigma of Wagner’s Genius and Anti-Semitism

Thursday, May 26, 2011

7–8:30pm

Wagner composed music of astounding beauty. He was also a virulent anti-Semite; Adolph Hitler loved his music so much that the two became closely identified throughout Hitler’s march across Europe. In Wagner’s operas, Hitler identified a metaphor for Aryan superiority; it was used at Nazi rallies as well as throughout the death camps as a soundtrack to genocide.

Is it possible to separate the music from the man and his legacy? Is there evidence of anti-Semitism in the works themselves, or have they been posthumously co-opted by the Nazis? What is the appropriate communal response to the Ring Cycle—should we follow Israel's lead and ban performances or try to get as close as possible to gain better understanding?

A panel of national experts explores these questions and more as we examine Wagner's influence on Hitler.

Panelists include:
Randy Cohen, Author of the NYT Column, “The Ethicist” and 4x Emmy Award screenwriter
Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University
Josh Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle Music Editor


Ticket purchase information: (415) 292-1233
Web address: jccsf.org/arts-ideas/lectures/jewish/wagner-through-a-jewish-lens 

jccsf.org


EVENT DATES
May 26, 2011, 7:00pm

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The Transformation of Heroes—Siegfried and the Nibelungen through the Centuries

May 28, 2011

1:00 pm

JCC-San Francisco
3200 California Street
San Francisco
 
Winder McConnell, Professor of German Studies, UC Davis.  

England has its King Arthur and St. George, France, Charlemagne and Roland, ancient Babylon, Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Greece, Odysseus, Rome, Aeneas, and, in more modern times, America can boast of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. The hero appears to be part of the integral psychological make-up of society, regardless of time or place. It is no different in Germany; although heroes and the heroic enjoyed little currency in the wake of the Second World War, the “Siegfried” film, The Dark Kingdom (2004; directed by Uli Edel), emerged as the highest-rated mini-series shown on German television that year. Had Siegfried emerged again as the apotheosis of the German “national” hero?

In his talk, Professor McConnell will look at the portrayal of the by no means unproblematic hero, Siegfried, in the Middle High German Nibelungenlied, the Old Norse analogues of the Siegfried story, the transformation of the figure into a buffoon-like character in later literary treatments of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, and Wagner’s recognition of Siegfried’s ambivalent nature in his Ring. Finally, he will also give some consideration to the reception of Siegfried and the Nibelungen in extra-literary venues in the twentieth and twenty-first century, where the accent is devoid of the burlesque, so that one might speak with some justification of the “rehabilitation” of the German hero.

wagnersf.org


EVENT DATES
May 28, 2011, 1:00pm

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Wagner Transcriptions for Organ, performed by James Welch

Sunday, June 05, 2011

3:30–5:30pm

St. Mary's Cathedral

stmarycathedralsf.org

Noted Bay Area organist James Welch will perform virtuoso transcriptions of Wagner's operatic works on the 4842-pipe Fratelli Ruffatti organ at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Price: Offering box for suggested donations will be at the door ($5 suggested).


EVENT DATES
June 5, 2011, 3:30pm

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The Ring Preview Lecture: Marin Chapter

San Francisco Opera Guild, Marin Chapter

sfopera.com/previews

The Opera Guild's Ring Preview Lectures will feature Cori Ellison, dramaturg, New York City Opera, offering an in-depth look into the Ring cycle operas.

Monday, June 6, 2011, 8pm
The Redwoods Auditorium
40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Lectures are preceded at 7:30pm by complimentary refreshments.
Admission is $10 per ticket.

For more information, please contact Tenki Davis at
(415) 457-1118 or t4tenki@comcast.net.

Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring renowned musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season's upcoming operas.


EVENT DATES
June 6, 2011, 8:00pm

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The Ring Preview Lecture: San Jose Opera Guild

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

10am

San Francisco Opera Guild and San Jose Opera Guild

sfopera.com/previews

The Opera Guild's Ring Preview Lectures will feature Cori Ellison, dramaturg, New York City Opera, offering an in-depth look into the Ring cycle operas.

Admission is $10 at the door for everyone.

For more information, please contact Steve Zilles at steve@zilles.org.

Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring renowned musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season's upcoming operas.


EVENT DATES
June 7, 2011, 10:00am

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The Ring Preview Lecture: Peninsula Chapter

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

7:30pm

San Francisco Opera Guild, Peninsula Chapter

sfopera.com/previews

The Opera Guild's Ring Preview Lectures will feature Cori Ellison, dramaturg, New York City Opera, offering an in-depth look into the Ring cycle operas.

Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members, payable only at the door.

For more information, please contact Karen Burtness Prak at (650) 329-1374 or operanut13@gmail.com.

Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring renowned musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season's upcoming operas.


EVENT DATES
June 7, 2011, 7:30pm

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The Ring Preview Lecture: San Francisco Chapter

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

12pm

San Francisco Opera Guild, San Francisco Chapter

sfopera.com/previews

The Opera Guild's Ring Preview Lectures will feature Cori Ellison, dramaturg, New York City Opera, offering an in-depth look into the Ring cycle operas.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 12pm
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, New Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

This event is free to the public.

For more information, please call (415) 565-3204 or contact dcavagnaro@sfopera.com.

Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring renowned musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season's upcoming operas.


EVENT DATES
June 8, 2011, 12:00pm

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The Ring Preview Lecture: East Bay Chapter

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

8pm

San Francisco Opera Guild, East Bay Chapter

sfopera.com/previews

The Opera Guild's Ring Preview Lectures will feature Cori Ellison, dramaturg, New York City Opera, offering an in-depth look into the Ring cycle operas.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 8pm
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
451 Moraga Way, Orinda

Lectures are preceded at 7:30pm by complimentary refreshments.
Admission is $10 per ticket. Reservations are required. To facilitate check-in, please prepay.

For reservations or for more information, please contact Brad Wade at operaphile@earthlink.net or at (925) 945-7347.

Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring renowned musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season's upcoming operas.


EVENT DATES
June 8, 2011, 8:00pm

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The Ring Preview Lecture: Sonoma Chapter

San Francisco Opera Guild, Sonoma Chapter

sfopera.com/previews

The Opera Guild's Ring Preview Lectures will feature Cori Ellison, dramaturg, New York City Opera, offering an in-depth look into the Ring cycle operas.

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10:30am

Admission is $10 at the door.

For more information, please contact Pat Clothier at (707) 538-2549 or Neva Turer at (707) 539-1220.

Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring renowned musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season's upcoming operas.


EVENT DATES
June 9, 2011, 10:30am

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Ring of Power: Love vs. Power in Wagner's Ring Cycle and in Us

A Conversation with author Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. and Kristina Flanagan

The New School Commonweal

Sunday, June 12, 2011 2-4pm

San Francisco Opera Ring Circle Chair Kristina Flanagan in conversation with author Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of The Ring of Power: Symbols and Themes - Love vs. Power in Wagner's Ring Cycle and in Us

jeanshinodabolen.com

commonweal.org/new-school


EVENT DATES
June 12, 2011, 2:00pm

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The Ring Insight Panel

Monday, June 13, 2011

6pm

Members of the cast and music and production teams of the Ring share their insights and experiences during this informal panel discussion. Opera Guild Insights are held from 6–7pm in the Herbst Theatre, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Insight panels are $5 for the general public, and free for Opera members at the $75+ level. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to discussions.

Panel members: TBD

sfopera.com/insights



 


EVENT DATES
June 13, 2011, 6:00pm

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Cycle 1 Events

The Merry Nibelungs by Oscar Straus 1904

Thursdays: June 16, 23 and 30, 2011 at 8pm
Opera Frontier

www.merrynibelungs.org

The Merry Nibelungs: A Night in Wahnhalla
This “Wagnerville” includes  Oscar Straus’ complete one-act "Burlesque Operetta" The Merry Nibelungs (1904), with translation by Ross Halper and extra songs and material by Quade Winter.

Multiple performances will take place in San Francisco throughout all three Ring cycles, so that Wagnerians can attend at their convenience.

Please visit merrynibelungs.org for further information.

Contact Information
Email: rhalper2002@yahoo.com 
Phone: (415) 990-0116

 


EVENT DATES
June 16, 2011, 8:00pm June 23, 2011, 8:00pm June 30, 2011, 8:00pm

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Ring Symposium—Cycle 1

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

10:30am–3pm

San Francisco Opera

Many opera companies, including San Francisco Opera, have produced Ring cycles for their audiences since the premiere at the Bayreuth Festival in 1876. What is different and special about our production?

San Francisco Opera will offer a half-day Ring Symposium on the Tuesday of each Cycle, focused on answering this question. The morning session, led by a music scholar, will be a general introduction to Wagner and the story, characters and music of the Ring. The afternoon session, moderated by Kip Cranna, director of music administration, will focus on the aspects that are unique about this production, among which are its distinctly American setting and its approach to issues relating to feminism and environmentalism. Members of San Francisco Opera’s music staff will discuss the complexities of Wagner's music and connections to this particular production. Members of the creative team and production staff will share images of the sets, costumes, video projections and lighting and discuss the decisions they made with Francesca Zambello, director. A Q&A session will complete the Symposium.

Schedule of Events:

10:30am–12pm: An introduction to Wagner's Ring (experienced Ring attendees may wish to join us for the afternoon only)
12–1pm: Break for lunch
1–1:30pm: Explore the complexities of Wagner's music
1:30–2:30pm: Explore San Francisco Opera’s Ring production design
2:30–3pm: Q&A session

Price: $40. Please visit sfopera.com/sfosymposia for more information and to buy tickets.

Lunch not included. Box lunches will be available for purchase. For information about dining options near the Herbst Theatre, visit sfopera.com/dine. 


EVENT DATES
June 14, 2011, 10:30am

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 1 Das Rheingold

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

7:05–7:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

sfopera.com/operatalks 


EVENT DATES
June 14, 2011, 7:05pm

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 1 Die Walküre

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

6:05–6:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

sfopera.com/operatalks

 


EVENT DATES
June 15, 2011, 6:05pm

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Buddhism and Wagner's Ring Cycle

Thursday, June 16, 2011

7pm

Buddhism and Wagner Exploration, Part I

Admission is free with purchase of a general admission ticket ($10 after 5pm).

Join Wagner scholar and former Zen Buddhist monk Paul Schofield, Asian Art Museum chief curator Forrest McGill, and San Francisco Opera’s head of music staff, John Parr, for a fascinating presentation exploring Wagner’s study of Buddhism and its effect on the structure, story and music of the Ring Cycle.

Soprano Susan Foster, the Brünnhilde cover for San Francisco Opera's Ring cycle, will sing excerpts from Götterdämmerung, including a previously unperformed alternate ending by Wagner. Ms. Foster will be accompanied by John Parr on piano.

To learn more about Buddhism, join a special docent-led tour of the Buddhist galleries at the Asian Art Museum at 6pm.

There will be a book signing with Paul Schofield immediately following the event at the Asian Art Museum's South Court. Copies of Mr. Schofield's book The Redeemer Reborn: Parsifal as the Fifth Opera of Wagner's Ring will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. 

*Note this is Part I of the Buddhism and Wagner Exploration lecture set. Part II takes place at the Center for the Pacific Rim at USF on June 20, 2011, 7pm. It is not necessary to attend both sessions; one does not preclude the other.

asianart.org/lectures.htm


EVENT DATES
June 16, 2011, 7:00pm

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 1 Siegfried

Friday, June 17, 2011

5:35–6pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

sfopera.com/operatalks

 


EVENT DATES
June 17, 2011, 5:35pm

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The Wagner Society of Northern California presents Wagner’s Ring: The Love of Power, the Power of Love—Cycle 1 Symposium

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10am–3:30pm

Cori Ellison, Dramaturg
New York City Opera, New York, NY

“Wagner's Ring: An Existentialist Perspective”
Simon Williams, Professor and Chair, Department of Dramatic Art
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

“Wagner’s Ring: The Tale of Two Curses”
Hans Rudolf Vaget, Professor Emeritus of German Studies
Smith College, Northampton, MA

Artist Round Table featuring artists and musicians from the production.
Moderated by Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration, San Francisco Opera

Enhance your Ring experience and learn more about Wagner’s masterpiece. Each symposium will explore different facets of Wagner’s Ring with unique talks given by noted scholars, many of whom have lectured at the Bayreuth Festspiele. Among the topics will be the myths, legends, music, drama and literary aspects of this extraordinary work.

Check-in begins at 9:30am.
Gourmet Box Lunch is included, pre-registration is required.
Admission is $65 per person, Wagner Society of Northern California Members $55.

On-line registration available December 2010.
Each symposium is open to 200 participants.
www.wagnersf.org

Call (415) 421-4412 for more information.

 


EVENT DATES
June 18, 2011, 10:00am

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 1 Götterdämmerung

Sunday, June 19, 2011

12:05–12:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

sfopera.com/operatalks
 


EVENT DATES
June 19, 2011, 12:05pm

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Cycle 2 Events

The Wagner Problem: Lecture by Hans Rudolf Vaget, Helen and Laura Shedd Professor, Emeritus of German Studies and Comparative Literature at Smith College

Monday, June 20, 2011

6pm

Sponsor: Humanities West

www.humanitieswest.org

Co-Sponsors: Humanities and Arts Member-Led Forums, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco

www.commonwealthclub.org

Ever since Richard Wagner made his mark as an artist and thinker in mid-Nineteenth-Century Germany, the man and his work have been viewed with suspicion. This phenomenon—“the Wagner Problem”—has a multiplicity of layers. This lecture addresses three: Wagner’s purportedly excessive womanizing; his so-called “dilettantism” in the arts; and his anti-Semitism.

Pre-event reception begins at 5:30pm. Introduction by Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration, San Francisco Opera

Price: Free to Members of Commonwealth Club; $20 for Non-Members.
Tickets: tickets.commonwealthclub.org or phone (415) 597-6700


 

       


EVENT DATES
June 20, 2011, 6:00pm

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Buddhism and Wagner's Ring Cycle

Monday, June 20, 2011

7pm

University of San Francisco:
The Center for the Pacific Rim

University of San Francisco Main Campus, Fromm Hall

Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton

Admission is free and open to the public. For reservations call (415) 422-6828.

Buddhism and Wagner Exploration, Part II

Join panel members for a fascinating interactive exploration of Wagner’s study of Buddhism and its effect on the structure, story and music of the Ring Cycle. Q&A session follows.

Panel members include:
Paul Schofield, Author of The Redeemer Reborn: Parsifal as the Fifth Opera of Wagner's Ring and former Zen Buddhist monk
Peter Bassett, Writer and lecturer on the works of Richard Wagner and former Australian diplomat.
Patrick L. Hatcher, Ph.D., Kiriyama Distinguished Visiting Professor, Center for the Pacific Rim USF

*Note this is Part II of the Buddhism and Wagner Exploration lecture set. Part I takes place at the Asian Art Museum on June 16, 2011, 7pm. It is not necessary to attend both sessions; one does not preclude the other.

www.pacificrim.usfca.edu


EVENT DATES
June 20, 2011, 7:00pm

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Ring Symposium—Cycle 2

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

10:30am–3pm

San Francisco Opera

Many opera companies, including San Francisco Opera, have produced Ring cycles for their audiences since the premiere at the Bayreuth Festival in 1876. What is different and special about our production?

San Francisco Opera will offer a half-day Ring Symposium on the Tuesday of each Cycle, focused on answering this question. The morning session, led by a music scholar, will be a general introduction to Wagner and the story, characters and music of the Ring. The afternoon session, moderated by Kip Cranna, director of music administration, will focus on the aspects that are unique about this production, among which are its distinctly American setting and its approach to issues relating to feminism and environmentalism. Members of San Francisco Opera’s music staff will discuss the complexities of Wagner's music and connections to this particular production. Members of the creative team and production staff will share images of the sets, costumes, video projections and lighting and discuss the decisions they made with Francesca Zambello, director. A Q&A session will complete the Symposium.

Schedule of Events:

10:30am–12pm: An introduction to Wagner's Ring (experienced Ring attendees may wish to join us for the afternoon only)
12–1pm: Break for lunch
1–1:30pm: Explore the complexities of Wagner's music
1:30–2:30pm: Explore San Francisco Opera’s Ring production design
2:30–3pm: Q&A session

Price: $40. Please visit sfopera.com/sfosymposia for more information and to buy tickets.

Lunch not included. Box lunches will be available for purchase. For information about dining options near the Herbst Theatre, visit sfopera.com/dine.

 


EVENT DATES
June 21, 2011, 10:30am

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 2 Das Rheingold

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

7:05–7:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks


EVENT DATES
June 21, 2011, 7:05pm

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 2 Die Walküre

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6:05–6:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks


EVENT DATES
June 22, 2011, 6:05pm

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Who’s Afraid of Richard Wagner?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

7pm 

A panel discussion exploring the Jewish response to Wagner’s views on Jews, as well as the political afterlife of his music and writing.

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EVENT DATES
June 23, 2011, 7:00pm

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 2 Siegfried

Friday, June 24, 2011

5:35–6pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks


EVENT DATES
June 24, 2011, 5:35pm

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The Wagner Society of Northern California presents Wagner’s Ring: The Love of Power, the Power of Love—Cycle 2 Symposium

Saturday, June 25, 2011

10am–3:30pm

“Richard Wagner in Bayreuth”
Hans Rudolf Vaget, Professor Emeritus of German Studies
Smith College, Northampton, MA

“Nordic Myths of Ragnarøk and Wagner's Götterdämmerung
John Lindow, Professor of Scandinavian Studies
University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

“The Eyes Have It: Glances, Glimpses & Glares in Wagner”
Jeffrey Buller, Dean, Wilkes Honors College
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Artist Round Table featuring artists and musicians from the production.
Moderated by Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration, San Francisco Opera

Enhance your Ring experience and learn more about Wagner’s masterpiece. Each symposium will explore different facets of Wagner’s Ring with unique talks given by noted scholars, many of whom have lectured at the Bayreuth Festspiele. Among the topics will be the myths, legends, music, drama and literary aspects of this extraordinary work.

Check-in begins at 9:30am.
Gourmet Box Lunch is included, pre-registration is required.
Admission is $65 per person, Wagner Society of Northern California Members $55.

On-line registration available December 2010.
Each symposium is open to 200 participants.

wagnersf.org

Call (415) 421-4412 for more information.


EVENT DATES
June 25, 2011, 10:00am

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 2 Götterdämmerung

Sunday, June 26, 2011

12:05–12:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks


EVENT DATES
June 26, 2011, 12:05pm

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Cycle 3 Events

Ring Symposium—Cycle 3

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

10:30am–3pm

San Francisco Opera

Many opera companies, including San Francisco Opera, have produced Ring cycles for their audiences since the premiere at the Bayreuth Festival in 1876. What is different and special about our production?

San Francisco Opera will offer a half-day Ring Symposium on the Tuesday of each Cycle, focused on answering this question. The morning session, led by a music scholar, will be a general introduction to Wagner and the story, characters and music of the Ring. The afternoon session, moderated by Kip Cranna, director of music administration, will focus on the aspects that are unique about this production, among which are its distinctly American setting and its approach to issues relating to feminism and environmentalism. Members of San Francisco Opera’s music staff will discuss the complexities of Wagner's music and connections to this particular production. Members of the creative team and production staff will share images of the sets, costumes, video projections and lighting and discuss the decisions they made with Francesca Zambello, director. A Q&A session will complete the Symposium.

Schedule of Events:

10:30am–12pm: An introduction to Wagner's Ring (experienced Ring attendees may wish to join us for the afternoon only)
12–1pm: Break for lunch
1–1:30pm: Explore the complexities of Wagner's music
1:30–2:30pm: Explore San Francisco Opera’s Ring production design
2:30–3pm: Q&A session

Price: $40. Please visit sfopera.com/sfosymposia for more information and to buy tickets.

Lunch not included. Box lunches will be available for purchase. For information about dining options near the Herbst Theatre, visit sfopera.com/dine. 

EVENT DATES
June 28, 2011, 10:30am

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 3 Das Rheingold

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

7:05–7:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks


EVENT DATES
June 28, 2011, 7:05pm

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 3 Die Walküre

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

6:05–6:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks


EVENT DATES
June 29, 2011, 6:05pm

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 3 Siegfried

Friday, July 01, 2011

5:35–6pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks
 


EVENT DATES
July 1, 2011, 5:35pm

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The Wagner Society of Northern California presents Wagner’s Ring: The Love of Power, the Power of Love—Cycle 3 Symposium

Saturday, July 02, 2011

10am–3:30pm

Wagner's Musical Language: Embodying and Betraying the Drama”
Simon Williams, Professor and Chair, Department of Dramatic Art
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

“Roads Scholar: Pilgrimages, Quests and Homecomings in Wagner”
Jeffrey Buller, Dean, Wilkes Honors College
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

“From Calderón’s Cavemen to Wagner’s Wolsungs: Classical Spanish Theater and the Ring
Christopher Weimer, Professor of Foreign Languages
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Artist Round Table featuring artists and musicians from the production.
Moderated by Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration, San Francisco Opera

Enhance your Ring experience and learn more about Wagner’s masterpiece. Each symposium will explore different facets of Wagner’s Ring with unique talks given by noted scholars, many of whom have lectured at the Bayreuth Festspiele. Among the topics will be the myths, legends, music, drama and literary aspects of this extraordinary work.

Check-in begins at 9:30am.
Gourmet Box Lunch is included, pre-registration is required.
Admission is $65 per person, Wagner Society of Northern California Members $55.

On-line registration available December 2010.
Each symposium is open to 200 participants.

wagnersf.org

Call (415) 421-4412 for more information.


EVENT DATES
July 2, 2011, 10:00am

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Pre-Opera Talk: Cycle 3 Götterdämmerung

Sunday, July 03, 2011

12:05–12:30pm

San Francisco Opera

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.

sfopera.com/operatalks


EVENT DATES
July 3, 2011, 12:05pm

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