The San Francisco Ring

June 18 - 25, 2018

Bookings have begun for this beloved Francesca Zambello production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, under the baton of Donald Runnicles. The superb cast features Greer Grimsley, Stefan Margita, Evelyn Herlitzius, Falk Struckmann, David Cangelosi, Karita Mattila and Daniel Brenna. Our hotel is the Four Seasons, and we will dine in the city’s best restaurants.

Over the course of four magnificent music dramas, Donald Runnicles, one of the world’s leading Wagner interpreters, will conduct a spectacular international cast and the renowned San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The lust for power, the lure of gold, the sacred beauty of nature and the destructive impulses of man: these timeless themes dominate both the Ring and American history. Director Francesca Zambello’s production has won over both critics and audiences here and at the Washington National Opera.

“A triumph of voice and vision…a magnificent reminder of what this company is capable of when all the stars are in alignment!”
-San Francisco Chronicle

Our hotel is the superb Four Seasons, and our dining includes some of the finest restaurants in America.

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Itinerary

Monday, June 18

Upon arrival in San Francisco, you are met by your driver and transferred to the elegant Four Seasons Hotel, near Union Square. Our Welcome Dinner this evening is included at the chic Waterbar, stunningly-set beside the Bay Bridge.

Tuesday, June 19

AM: Ring Symposium (TBA). PM: Das Rheingold. Dinner at Jardinière.

Das Rheingold
Wotan/ Greer Grimsley
Loge/ Stefan Margita
Alberich/ Falk Struckmann
Fricka/ Jamie Barton
Erda/ Ronnita Miller
Mime/ David Cangelosi
Fasolt/ Andrea Silvestrelli
Fafner/ Raymond Aceto
Woglinde/ Stacey Tappan
Wellgunde/ Lauren McNeese
Flosshilde/ Renée Tatum
Froh/ Brandon Jovanovich
Donner/ Brian Mulligan

Wednesday, June 20

AM: Two-hour walking tour featuring San Francisco’s most famous downtown buildings, hidden rooftop gardens, unique open spaces and historic landmarks. PM: Pre-opera talk followed by Die Walküre. Dinner.

Die Walküre
Brünnhilde/ Evelyn Herlitzius
Wotan/ Greer Grimsley
Sieglinde/ Karita Mattila
Siegmund/ Brandon Jovanovich
Fricka/ Jamie Barton
Hunding/ Raymond Aceto

Thursday, June 21

AM: Private guided coach and walking tour of the city’s highlights, plus the De Young Art Museum. PM: Dinner at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse.

Friday, June 22

Day at leisure. PM: Pre-opera talk, followed by Siegfried. Dinner included.

Siegfried
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

Saturday, June 23

AM: Ring Symposium (TBA). PM: Dinner at Gary Danko.

Sunday, June 24

Enjoy the final morning at leisure. Today we transfer to the opera house for the pre-opera talk and then a matinée performance of Götterdämmerung. Our Farewell Dinner is included at the Opera House.

Götterdämmerung
Brünnhilde/ Evelyn Herlitzius
Siegfried/ Daniel Brenna
Gunther/ Brian Mulligan
Hagen/ Andrea Silvestrelli
Waltraute/ Jamie Barton
Gutrune/ Melissa Citro
Alberich/ Falk Struckmann
Woglinde/ Stacey Tappan
Wellgunde/ Lauren McNeese
Flosshilde/ Renée Tatum

Monday, June 25

Individual transfers (included) to the airport for homeward flights.