2017–18 Season: Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen
One of opera’s foremost Wagnerians, German bass-baritone Falk Struckmann made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1993 as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde under Daniel Barenboim and later appeared there in the Ring under James Levine and Christian Thielemann. In the Ring, he has performed Wotan, Fafner, Hunding, and Hagen, and, for his San Francisco Opera debut, will take on the role of Alberich in Das Rheingold, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung for the first time. Struckmann made his debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in Siegfried under Riccardo Muti and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Wozzeck under the baton of James Levine. His appearances with the Berlin Staatsoper include new productions of Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Ring des Nibelungen, and Parsifal. His numerous engagements at the Wiener Staatsoper include Lohengrin, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Tristan und Isolde, and Der Ring des Nibelungen. Recent and upcoming roles include Scarpia (Tosca) at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rocco (Fidelio) at the Metropolitan Opera, and Hagen (Götterdämmerung) at Vienna State Opera.