Ring Forum

Saturdays, June 16, 23, 30, 2018 from 10am–3:30pm

Did you know Richard Wagner considered six different endings for Götterdämmerung? Ever wonder what it takes to stage a production of the Ring?

Learn about this and more at these three exciting Ring Forums led by Wagner experts from across the country. Each Ring Forum features different speakers and diverse topics. Tickets include a boxed lunch. 

Presented in conjunction with the Wagner Society of Nothern California. 

WHO IT'S FOR

Ring cycle ticket holders and Wagnerians

WHEN 

Saturdays, June 16, 23 and 30, 2018 from 10am–3:30pm

WHERE

Taube Atrium Theater
Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building, 4th Floor
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

COST

$55 for Wagner Society members/$65 for non-members per symposium. Ticket price includes a box lunch (if you have dietary restrictions, please contact let us know here).

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

Ring Cycle 1 Forum

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10AM

Wagner's Theatres
Peter Bassett dives into Wagner's production inspiration through photos and models of theaters made by Gottfried Semper for Wagner in the 1860s.

Das Ende: The Endings of the Ring
Desirée Mays discusses the six endings Wagner considered for Gotterdämmerung and compares them to the chosen endings for each Ring cycle.

The 'Deep State' of the Ring
Simon Williams explores the theme of tragedy, conflict between past and present and the imminence of death in the Ring.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

Ring Cycle 2 Forum

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10AM

Getting to Grips with the Ring
Heath Lees illuminates Wagner's ability to weave meaning into music that can last long after the Ring cycle curtain closes.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018

Ring Cycle 3 Forum

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 10AM

Creating a Ring
Speight Jenkins goes behind the scenes of the artistic development, planning and casting of his critically acclaimed Ring productions at Seattle Opera.

Brünnhilde: The Liberator Liberated
Dr. John Mastrogiovanni explores whether Brünnhilde's journey from the second act of Die Walküre to the conclusion of Götterdämmerung is a transformation or an unveiling of her true self.

Wagner's Mistakes
Jonathan Khuner reveals how many directors unapologetically ignore Wagner's musical instructions in order to make the Ring sing.