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 and 2011 Ring cycles. He is currently general music director of Deutsche Oper Berlin, principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Grand Teton Music Festival. In the 2018–19 season, Maestro Runnicles will conduct the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Oceane at Deutsche Oper Berlin, new productions of Berg’s Wozzeck and Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, and six revival titles. Guest engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra, and a production of Strauss' Elektra at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.