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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Ring Goes West

 San Francisco Opera opens Siegfried: Three Cycles to Follow
Siegfried (Ian Storey) and Brunnhilde (Nina Stemme) in San Francisco Opera's new Götterdämmerung.
Photo by Karin Cooper © 2011 San Francisco Opera.
The venerable San Francisco Opera kicked off the 2011 season today with the debut of Siegfried, the penultimate opera of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

The cast of the eagerly anticipated San Francisco Ring includes Ian Storey as Siegfried and the spectacular Nina Stemme as Brunnhilde. Mark Delevan sings the role of Wotan. Donald Runnicles conducts.

The production, by Francesca Zambello, is a revival of the "American Ring" originally created for the Washington National Opera. However, this run of the Ring includes the world premiere of her version of Götterdämmerung, which (for budgetary reasons) was never staged in D.C. Götterdämmerung premieres on June 5.

In related news, Ms. Zambello has accepted the post of general manager with the D.C. opera company. The director and producer will split her time between the Kennedy Center and her duties at the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY.

The company will then perform three complete cycles of Wagner's Ring, starting on June 14 with Das Rheingold, and ending with the last Götterdämmerung on July 3. More information, and tickets for the upcoming productions (if any are left) can be found on the company's official Ring site.
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.