The San Francisco Opera's world-premiere production of Wagner's Ring cycle, staged earlier this year, reaches its transcendent climax. The suspenseful tale of bravery and sacrifice, treachery and betrayal, destruction and renewal proceeds as such: The sacred union of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is threatened by three scheming siblings, one of whom was sired by Alberich to take possession of the ring.
Driven by greed, their actions inevitably lead to chaos and destruction, until Brünnhilde—wise, pure of heart, heroic—steps forward to return the universe to its natural order in an act of self-sacrifice.
Brünnhilde - Nina Stemme
Siegfried - Ian Storey
Gunther - Gerd Grochowski
Hagen - Andrea Silvestrelli
Waltraute & Second Norn - Daveda Karanas
Gutrune - Melissa Citro
Alberich - Gordon Hawkins
First Norn - Ronnita Miller
Third Norn - Heidi Melton
CONDUCTOR: Donald Runnicles
STAGE DIRECTOR: Francesca Zambello
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson