Ring Ancillary Events

April through July 2018

Connect with fellow Ring cycle subscribers while exploring Wagner's masterpiece before and during each cycle. Keep checking back for additional events!


April–July 2018


Throughout the Bay Area


Varies by location. Please see below.


Thursday Nights at the Asian Art Museum

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7PM

Join the art curators while they explore the themes of Wagner’s Ring and their resonances in the Museum’s collection. Attendees at this event are encouraged to tour the Museum’s Ring-related exhibitions by following a self-guided map tour. For more information, visit the Asian Art Museum or call (415) 581-3500.


Prepping for Wagner's Ring

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1PM

Join San Francisco Opera Dramaturg, Kip Cranna, at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for a whirlwind introductory journey into Wagner’s epic. Cranna will use audio and video examples to illustrate the musical and dramatic highlights of the production. Cost: Free. Learn more.


Drinks & Drama: Everything but the Ring

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 2:30PM

Raise a glass! We're hosting an evening of Wagnerian operas paired with specialty cocktails. Learn about Lohengrin, tangle with Tannhäuser and parse through Parsifal, all while sipping a libation concocted by mixologists from San Francisco’s The Sea Star. Photographs, video clips, live musical performances by guest artists complete this fun and tasty overview. Drink samples and light snacks will be provided. Please note: attendees must be over 21 years of age to attend; IDs will be checked at the door. Tickets are $45.


In Conversation with Francesca Zambello and Members of the Ring Production

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 12PM

The Commonwealth Club’s Arts Forum co-chair, Anne Smith, will interview Ring director Francesca Zambello and special guests about the collaborative process of bringing Wagner’s 17-hour, four-opera epic to life. For more information, visit commonwealthclub.org or call (415) 597-6705.


San Francisco Opera Guild Previews

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Simon Williams presents a series of engaging Opera Preview lectures about Der Ring des Nibelungen. An internationally recognized authority on the history of acting and Shakespearean performance, Williams has lectured worldwide on Richard Wagner, including serving as the English-language audience lecturer at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Wagner’s theater built for the performance of his works. Presented by Guild Chapters throughout the Bay Area and in partnership with San Jose Opera Guild, each 90-minute presentation examines the structure, story, themes and characters of Wagner’s massive work. Information can be found at sfopera.com/previews.


Ring Community Day

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10AM

Join us for a multigenerational and interactive day of activities exploring Wagner’s spectacular Ring cycle. Ring Community Day will feature family activities, including the First Act early childhood program “Teething Ring” for families with children 2–5 years old; interactive Exploration Workshop: All About the Ring for children ages 4–12; Sing-A-Story: Das Rheingold, and more. Learn more here.


Music of Wagner & His Contemporaries

Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 4PM

Bay Area organist James Welch will perform a virtuoso program, including transcriptions from Wagner’s operas, on the 4842-pipe Fratelli Ruffatti organ at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Tickets $10 suggested donation. For tickets and more information, visit Eventbrite.

Between Cycles

Rhine Cruise on the SF Bay

Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11:45AM

Attendees will enjoy a luncheon cruise on the beautiful California Hornblower around the San Francisco Bay and to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Champagne welcome at boarding time and and a wonderful 3 course luncheon with wine as we cruise past ATT Park, Treasure Island, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge and cruising along the San Francisco shoreline.

Cost $125, reserve early!

During Your Cycle

Events Held During Every Cycle

Pre-Opera Talks

Before every performance, enjoy an overview of the opera led by a music expert. Talks begin 55 minutes before curtain.

Cycle 1: Desiree Mays

Cycle 2: Alexandra Amati

Cycle 3: Laura Prichard

Ring 101

Tuesday, June 12, 19 & 26
11 am –3 pm

New to the Ring? Begin your journey into Wagner's epic world with this workshop the Tuesday of each cycle.

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Thursday, June 14, 21 & 28
11 am –1 pm

Ready to take a deeper dive into the Ring? Join mainstage artists and production guests for panels each Thursday of the cycles.

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Thursday, June 14, 21 & 28

Join Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jon Else for screenings of Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle the Thursday of each cycle.

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Thursday, June 14, 21 & 28

Members of the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Chorus will perform choral music from the operas of Richard Wagner. 

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Saturdays, June 16, 23 & 30

Did you know Wagner considered six different endings for Götterdämmerung? Learn this and more at these three exciting forum led by Wagner experts.

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The Merry Nibelungs

Thursday, June 14, 21, 28 at 8pm
Saturday, June 16, 23, 30 at 2pm

The English language adaptation of Oscar Straus’ satirical operetta DIE LUSTIGEN NIBELUNGEN (1904) will be augmented with special appearances by Cosima Wagner and others. Join us in Wahnhalla!

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