Das Rheingold

Scorned by three beautiful Rhinemaidens, the dwarf Alberich renounces love and steals the Rhine’s magical gold to forge a ring granting its bearer absolute power. 

 

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Composed by Richard Wagner

Sung in German with English supertitles


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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours, 32 minutes with no intermission

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Tuesday 06/12/18 7:30PM *
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Das Rheingold

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Director's Note

The inspiration behind this Ring production is partly #MeToo, partly environmental—and almost entirely American.

WHAT PRICE LOVE?

If Wagner’s Ring could be reduced to a simple slogan, it would resemble something like the power of love versus the love of power.

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Richard Wagner’s interest in the East was stimulated by German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation.

character bios

Alberich
Wotan
Fricka

CAST & CREATIVE

Cast
Wotan Greer Grimsley
Loge Štefan Margita
Alberich Falk Struckmann*
Fricka Jamie Barton
Erda Ronnita Miller
Mime David Cangelosi
Fasolt Andrea Silvestrelli
Fafner Raymond Aceto
Donner Brian Mulligan
Froh Brandon Jovanovich
Freia Julie Adams
Woglinde Stacey Tappan
Wellgunde Lauren McNeese
Flosshilde Renée Tatum
 * San Francisco Opera Debut
Crew
Conductor Donald Runnicles
Director Francesca Zambello
Associate Director & Choreographer Denni Sayers
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer Mark McCullough
Projection Designer S. Katy Tucker
Original Projection Designer Jan Hartley
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera debut

A co-production with Washington National Opera.

 

Previous performances of Das Rheingold can be found in our Archive

Das Rheingold by Cory Weaver

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