As the end nears for the gods, and human ambition rules the world, Alberich’s son Hagen hatches a plot to take control of the ring, threatening the union of Siegfried and Brünnhilde. Fueled by greed, Hagen’s actions lead to chaos and destruction, until Brünnhilde steps forward to return the world to its natural order.


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Composed by Richard Wagner

Sung in German with English supertitles

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Running Time

5 hours, 10 minutes with two intermissions


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Das Rheingold

Greed and vengeance trigger a chain of events fraught with corruption and struggle.


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A father’s blinding ambition and a daughter’s profound defiance drive the story forward.



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character bios



Brünnhilde Iréne Theorin
Siegfried Daniel Brenna*
Gunther Brian Mulligan
Hagen Andrea Silvestrelli
Waltraute Jamie Barton
Gutrune Melissa Citro
Alberich Falk Struckmann*
First Norn Ronnita Miller
Second Norn Jamie Barton
Third Norn Sarah Cambidge
Woglinde Stacey Tappan
Wellgunde Lauren McNeese
Flosshilde Renée Tatum

*  San Francisco Opera debut

Conductor Donald Runnicles
Director Francesca Zambello
Associate Director Laurie Feldman
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
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

A co-production with Washington National Opera.


Previous performances of Götterdämmerung can be found in our Archive

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