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.

Composer: Richard Wagner

Approximate running time: 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

SYNOPSIS

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

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CAST & CREATIVE

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

* San Francisco Opera Debut

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