Ring Festival

Celebrating Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung

March 5–30, 2021

On Zoom

This March, delve into Wagner’s Ring cycle from the comfort of your own home through curated talks and educational events.

Unlock access to all Ring Festival events, live and on-demand, for one low price with one of our passes or purchase tickets to individual events for $15 each.

Plus, each weekend in March, we are streaming our 2018 production of the Ring in sequence for free starting with Das Rheingold. Streaming starts at 10am Pacific on Saturdays and ends the next day at 11:59pm Pacific. View schedule.

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I Saw The World End: Exploring Wagner’s Ring

Saturdays in March at 1pm PST on Zoom

Explore the myth, music, and majesty of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung with the Company’s Dramaturg Emeritus Dr. Clifford (“Kip”) Cranna.

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Week One

March 5–12, 2021

Wagnerism:
A Conversation with Alex Ross and Tony Kushner 
Moderated by Dr. Clifford (“Kip”) Cranna

Tuesday, March 9
at 5:30pm PST on Zoom

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Sitting down with Siegmund and Sieglinde:
Brandon Jovanovich and Karita Mattila in Conversation

Moderated by Joshua Kosman

Friday, March 12
at 10am PST on Zoom

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Week Two

March 13–19, 2021

Confronting Controversy:
The Ring in the 21st Century
Lecture by William Berger

Tuesday, March 16
at 5:30pm PST on Zoom

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Becoming Brünnhilde:
A Conversation with Iréne Theorin, Nina Stemme, and Jane Eaglen
Moderated by Stephen A. Brown

Friday, March 19
at 1pm PST on Zoom

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Dining on the Rhine:
Food, Wine and Wagner’s Ring Cycle

With Fred Plotkin and Jamie Barton

Saturday, March 20
at 4pm PST on Zoom

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Week Three

March 20–26, 2021

(Rhein)Gold Rush:
A History of the Ring
 in San Francisco
Lecture by Barbara Rominski and Jeffery McMillan

Tuesday, March 23
at 5:30pm PST on Zoom

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Green Wagner:
Environmental Themes and Challenges in Wagner's 
Ring
With Kirsten Paige and Francesca Zambello

Thursday, March 25
at 5:30pm PST on Zoom

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Breaking Barriers at Bayreuth:
In Conversation with Grace Bumbry
Moderated by Kenneth Overton

Friday, March 26
at 11am PST on Zoom

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Week Four

March 27–30, 2021

Kirsten Flagstad:
A Brünnhilde for the Ages
Lecture by Paul Thomason and Annika E. Engelhart


Saturday, March 27
at 4pm PST on Zoom

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Feminism and the Ring
with Francesca Zambello, Ronnita Miller, and Naomi André

Tuesday, March 30
at 5:30pm PST on Zoom

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Ring Festival Special Events

For Festival Pass holders and All-Access Festival Pass Holders

Festival Opening Salute

Friday, March 5 at 1pm PST on Zoom

With Francesca Zambello, Donald Runnicles, Greer Grimsley, and Matthew Shilvock.

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Festival Closing Toast

Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30pm PST on Zoom

With Matthew Shilvock, Francesca Zambello, Ronnita Miller, and Naomi André.

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Festival Opening Salute and Festival Closing Toast are open to Festival Pass holders and All-Access Festival Pass holders only. Pass holders, check your email for more information.

 

The Ring

Weekend Streaming

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
DAS RHEINGOLD

In the cycle’s prelude, greed and vengeance trigger a chain of events fraught with corruption and struggle. (2 hours, 32 minutes)

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March 13–14
DIE WALKÜRE

A father’s blinding ambition and a daughter’s defiance drive the story forward. (3 hours, 46 minutes)

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March 20–21
SIEGFRIED

A fearless, young hero battles otherworldly challenges on a journey to discover his destiny. (3 hours, 56 minutes)

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March 27–28
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

The cycle reaches its transcendent climax with a suspenseful tale of bravery, sacrifice, destruction and renewal. (4 hours, 24 minutes)

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ARE YOU A FESTIVAL PASS OR ALL ACCESS PASS HOLDER?

Ring Festival Pass holders and All Access Festival Pass holders can log in to your SF Opera account to access the on-demand recordings of each Festival event. Watch anytime! Note, on-demand recordings will be uploaded 24–48 hours after each event and will remain available until May 2, 2021 at 11:59pm.

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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.