2017–18 Season: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Recipient of the San Francisco Opera Medal in 2009, Donald Runnicles served as music director and principal conductor of San Francisco Opera from 1992 to 2009. He first led the Company in two Ring cycles in 1990 and has since conducted more than 60 productions, including Les Troyens in 2015; the world premieres of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic and Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons; the West Coast premiere of Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk; the North American premiere of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise; and the 1999, 2011 and 2018 Ring cycles.
He is currently general music director of Deutsche Oper Berlin and music director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, as well as principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he took up post as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's first-ever principal guest conductor. He additionally holds the title of Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, having served as Chief Conductor from 2009-2016.