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.

Composed by Richard Wagner

Approximate running time of 5 hours, 10 minutes with two intermissions

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


The cycle reaches its transcendent climax with a suspenseful tale of bravery and sacrifice, treachery and betrayal, destruction and renewal.

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character bios



Brünnhilde Evelyn Herlitzius*
Siegfried Daniel Brenna*
Gunther Brian Mulligan
Hagen Andrea Silvestrelli
Waltraute Jamie Barton
Gutrune Melissa Citro
Alberich Falk Struckmann*
Woglinde Stacey Tappan
Wellgunde Lauren McNeese
Flosshilde Renée Tatum

*  San Francisco Opera debut

Conductor Donald Runnicles
Director Francesca Zambello
Associate Director Laurie Feldman
Associate Director & Movement 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

A co-production with Washington National Opera.


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