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.

Composed by Richard Wagner

Approximate running time of 2 hours, 35 minutes with no intermission

Sung in German with English supertitles

Cycle Dates

Cycle 1: June 12–17, 2018

Cycle 2: June 19–24, 2018

Cycle 3: Jun 26–Jul 1, 2018


In the cycle’s prelude, greed and vengeance trigger a chain of events fraught with corruption and struggle.

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character bios


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
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

* San Francisco Opera debut

A co-production with Washington National Opera.


Previous performances of Das Rheingold can be found in our Archive

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