2017–18 Season: Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen
One of today’s foremost Wagnerian singers, bass-baritone Falk Struckmann has performed as Wotan, Fafner, Hunding, and Hagen, and, for his San Francisco Opera debut, will take on the role of Alberich for the first time. He 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. A frequent performer at Berlin State Opera, he has been featured in new productions of Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Fidelio, and Parsifal. His numerous engagements at Vienna State Opera include King Henry in Lohengrin, Jochanaan in Salome, Scarpia in Tosca, and Orest in Elektra. Most recently, Struckmann performed as Rocco in Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera and Hamburg State Opera, Scarpia at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Hagen in Stockholm, Dresden, and Vienna. Scheduled engagements for the 2018–19 season include Hagen and a Hermit in Der Freischütz at Vienna State Opera, Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Don Pizarro in Fidelio at Berlin State Opera.