A God Sacrifices Flesh and Blood in Die Walküre


His children are in revolt. His wife demands justice. And Wotan, ruler of all gods, finds himself locked in a battle between duty, love and his own craven ambitions.


A sacrifice is demanded, and a sacrifice will be given, in the second chapter of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, Die Walküre, streaming for free this weekend.


Soprano Iréne Theorin stars in the title role as the valkyrie Brünnhilde, daughter of Wotan and mythic protector of warriors. But her latest cause is a problematic one: Her half-brother Siegmund is in a fight to the death over a love affair that offends the gods. Wotan orders him killed. But Brünnhilde has other plans.


As Wotan, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley leads a cast including soprano Karita Mattila, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and tenor Brandon Jovanovich, performing under the baton of celebrated conductor Sir Donald Runnicles.


Witness a battle that tests the bonds of blood when Die Walküre streams for free, starting Saturday at 10am Pacific. Directed by Francesca Zambello. A co-production of San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera.

Die Walküre


Check out the cast, creative team, synopsis, program articles, and more about Die Walküre. The second opera of our 2018 production of Wagner's Ring cycle directed by Francesca Zambello. A co-production of San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera.


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Ring Cycle


Starting on March 6, you can experience Wagner’s Ring cycle in its entirety from the comfort of your home. Each weekend in March, we will be streaming the operas in sequence starting with Das Rheingold.

March 6–7

In the cycle’s prelude, greed and vengeance trigger a chain of events fraught with corruption and struggle.

March 13–14

A father’s blinding ambition and a daughter’s defiance drive the story forward.

March 20–21

A fearless, young hero battles otherworldly challenges on a journey to discover his destiny.

March 27–28

The cycle reaches its transcendent climax with a suspenseful tale of bravery, sacrifice, destruction and renewal.

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The Ring Festival is dedicated to the memory of beloved Company Sponsor Ann Getty, for whom the Ring was the pinnacle of human creativity.

The Ring Festival is made possible by Bernard and Barbro Osher.

Special thanks for our 2018 Ring Circle members.

San Francisco Opera extends its gratitude and appreciation to the following labor organizations whose members, artists, craftsmen, and craftswomen greatly contribute to our performances:

  • American Federation of Musicians, Local 6
  • American Guild of Musical Artists, Inc.
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 16
  • Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 784, I.A.T.S.E.
  • Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Union, Local 706, I.A.T.S.E.
  • The Art Directors Guild & Scenic, Title and Graphics Artists, Local 800
  • United Scenic Artists Local USA – 829, I.A.T.S.E.
  • Box Office and Front of House Employees Union, Local B-18