2017–18 Season: Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Acclaimed for her portrayals of the most demanding roles in the dramatic soprano repertory, Iréne Theorin made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2011 in the title role of Turandot. Her performances of Brünnhilde have been seen in many of the world’s great opera houses, including Milan's Teatro alla Scala; the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Washington National Opera; Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu; Berlin State Opera; the Wagner Festival in Budapest; Oper Leipzig; Oper Köln; Semperoper Dresden; and New National Theatre Tokyo. Earlier this season, Theorin sang Brünnhilde at Vienna State Opera, Isolde in Tristan und Isolde at Gran Teatre del Liceu, the title role of Elektra with the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, and she made her highly anticipated role debut as the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Berlin State Opera. Upcoming engagements include Ortrud in Lohengrin in Ghent, Turandot at Madrid’s Teatro Real, and the title role of La Gioconda at Gran Teatre del Liceu. Her DVD recordings include Elektra at the Salzburg Festival, Götterdämmerung at Teatro alla Scala, Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth, and the award-winning Decca recording of the Copenhagen Ring, filmed at the Royal Danish Opera in 2006.