Götterdämmerung

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

Sung in German with English supertitles


Das Rheingold

Explore the Operas

Das Rheingold

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

Explore

Die Walküre

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

Explore

Siegfried

A fearless young hero battles otherworldly challenges on a journey to discover his destiny.

Explore

SYNOPSIS

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

Read Complete Synopsis >

The Ring

The Ring Program Articles

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.

WAGNER, SCHOPENHAUER, AND THE ORIENT

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

character bios

Siegfried
Brunnhilde
Hagen

CAST & CREATIVE

Cast
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

Crew
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

Das Rheingold by Cory Weaver

Ring Festival

Make the most of your experience by taking part in the Ring Festival. Enjoy events, lectures and screenings before and during your cycle. 

Attend the Festival