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 Northern California. 


Ring cycle ticket holders and Wagnerians


Saturdays, June 16, 23 and 30, 2018 from 10am–3:30pm (lunch break from 12–1pm)


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


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


Ring Cycle 1 Forum

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 8AM

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.


Ring Cycle 2 Forum

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 8AM

Wagner’s Non-Thematic Moments in the Ring Veteran San Francisco Opera conductor Jonathan Khuner illuminates moments in the Ring when a unique, yet fitting, musical idea emerges seemingly apart from Wagner’s structure of interrelated leitmotifs.

The First Ring: Art, Ideology, and Politics at Bayreuth, 1876

Fromm Institute professor and senior fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, David Clay Large discusses the ideological and aesthetic issues surrounding the world premiere of Wagner’s Ring.

The Ring on Stage: Where Are We Today in the Debate about Wagner Productions?
Broadcaster and author Will Berger explores the debate about the intentions, merits and offenses of Ring productions from the premiere of the work in 1876 until the present.


Ring Cycle 3 Forum

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 8AM

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

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.

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.