San Francisco Opera's Ring Festival Programs Continue Through July 1

Release date: 5/15/2018    


Lectures, Exhibits, Film Screenings and Concerts Offered in Conjunction with Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung)

Ring Festival updated May 2018.pdf Photos Available

Complementing the highly-anticipated performances of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House (June 12–July 1), San Francisco Opera presents its ongoing Ring Festival of ancillary events and activities. Designed to deepen public engagement and provide informative, fun ways to explore Wagner’s profound masterwork, the Ring Festival offers a diverse schedule of lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, musical programs and opportunities to hear from artists, production team members and Wagner experts.

A vast musical and dramatic spectacle of gods, mortals, corruption and redemption, Wagner’s Ring cycle is titanic in scope: four operas lasting 17 hours and performed over the course of a week. With capacity audiences anticipated for the performances, San Francisco Opera has partnered with cultural institutions and local businesses to facilitate an all-encompassing Ring experience for ticket holders and the public. To accommodate the early curtain times, local restaurants will open early for dinner and, within the Opera House, a variety of new beverage and food options will be offered for the enjoyment of audiences.

Whether a family with children who are curious about the Ring’s mythic creatures or a globe-trotting Ring enthusiast who attends productions of the cycle around the world, the Ring Festival has something for everyone. Highlights of the pre-cycle Festival calendar include a May 21 public discussion at the Commonwealth Club featuring director Francesca Zambello and San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock and Ring Community Day on June 9 which offers interactive Ring-focused activities for children of all ages, including “Teething Ring” for families with children ages 2–5.

During each cycle in June, the Festival events are concentrated at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, beginning with Ring 101, an introductory overview with Company Dramaturg Dr. Clifford “Kip” Cranna and including a multimedia presentation about the history of the Ring in San Francisco from 1900–2018; Ring Symposiums showcasing the artists of the cycle in panel discussions; screenings of the Academy-Award-nominated film Sing Faster–The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle; the San Francisco Opera Chorus in concert singing choral works by Carl Maria von Weber and Wagner; and a series of Ring Forums, presented in collaboration with the Wagner Society of Northern California, offering in-depth explorations of the Ring by distinguished Wagner experts.

Throughout the cycles, an exhibition of photographs and archival materials documenting the history of the Ring in San Francisco will be on view within the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House. An installation of materials in the John M. Bryan Education Studio at the Wilsey Center for Opera will explore the resonance of Wagner’s Ring in popular culture, including artwork from comics creator P. Craig Russell’s graphic novel adaptation in collaboration with the Cartoon Art Museum.

Ring Festival community partners include the Asian Art Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, The Commonwealth Club, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Wagner Society of Northern California.

For a complete schedule of Ring Festival events, visit

*For the complete press release, including full Ring Festival calendar, please view the attached PDF.