A generation has passed as the cycle’s third opera opens on a despoiled world. Raised by the deceitful dwarf Mime, Siegfried—the mortal son of Siegmund and Sieglinde—rebuffs authority as he wins the ring and forges his own path to the extraordinary woman who awaits him.

Composed by Richard Wagner

Approximate running time of 4 hours, 50 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


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

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character bios



Siegfried Daniel Brenna*
Brünnhilde Evelyn Herlitzius*
Mime David Cangelosi
The Wanderer Greer Grimsley
Alberich Falk Struckmann*
Fafner Raymond Aceto
Erda Ronnita Miller
Forest Bird Stacey Tappan

*  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
Remounted Projections Jan Hartley

A co-production with Washington National Opera.


Previous performances of Siegfried can be found in our Archive

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