San Francisco Opera will present three complete cycles of Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung" ("Das Rheingold," "Die Walküre," "Siegfried," "Götterdämmerung"). While the cycles are only available by subscription as a four-opera series, single tickets are available for the production-premiere performances of "Siegfried" (Sunday, May 29, 1pm) and "Götterdämmerung" (Sunday, June 5, 1pm).
"Ring" Director Francesca Zambello was recently appointed general and artistic director at Glimmerglass Opera, the summer opera festival in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Zambello has worked at many of the world's major opera houses. Her staging of this past summer's "Die Walküre" received raves from critics and audiences, according to the San Francisco Opera press release.
"Ring" Festival 2011
Beginning this September, a diverse array of cultural and educational institutions will present lectures and symposia, exhibits, musical performances, film screenings and other events throughout the Bay Area for audiences who desire to connect with the work in new and compelling ways.
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The World of Wagner's "Ring"
The World of Wagner's "Ring"--A Composer's View Hosted by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Composer Conrad Susa ("The Dangerous Liaisons," "The Love of Don Perlimplin") will serve as guide in an examination of the power and scope of Wagner's great "Ring" cycle. Those who are familiar with Susa's charming style will relish his reverent - and irreverent - insights. Come explore these vast structures in a journey through sagas and mystery, a journey into your own soul.
Photo: Cory Weaver