Saturday, October 01, 2016


Scene from Das Rheingold, the first opera in Wagner's Ring cycle
©Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Mine, that is, for the San Francisco Opera 2018 Ring cast.

Alberich:  Gordon Hawkins or Eric Owens. Wrong; it's Falk Struckmann.
Rheinmaidens: Your guess is as good as mine. Could be Adler Fellows, could be good local singers. Wrong: they're Stacy Tappan, Lauren McNeese, and Renée Tatum, same as in 2011.
Fricka: Elizabeth Bishop, who has sung the role in this production, or Jamie Barton, or Ekaterina Semenchuk, whom SFO seems to like. Right: It's Jamie Barton. (Elizabeth Bishop was great in this role; I am sorry she's not going to be back, just as I'm happy to see Barton, also a wonderful singer.)
Freia: Melissa Citro. Right.
Donner: Christian Van Horn, because he's so good on Rattle's Rheingold. Wrong: It's Brian Mulligan!
Froh: Brian Jagde. Wrong: it's Brandon Jovanovich, who also sang Froh in 2011.
Fafner: Stephen Milling, because I can dream, even though he hasn't sung on the West Coast in more than ten years. Wrong: it's Raymond Aceto.
Fasolt: Andrea Silvestrelli. Right.
Mime: David Cangelosi. Right.
Erda: Ronnita Miller. Right.

Sieglinde: Anja Kampe or Heidi Melton or maybe even Rachel Willis-Sorensen. Wrong: It's the great Karita Mattila.
Siegmund: Brandon Jovanovich or Brian Jagde or Stuart Skelton, unless there's a miracle and they've hired JK. Right: It's BJov.
Hunding: Stephen Milling or Andrea Silvestrelli. Wrong: It's Raymond Aceto, who was also in the 2011 Ring.
Valkyries: Generally a flock of Adler Fellows and singers from smaller roles in the Ring

Siegfried: Jay Hunter Morris and quite possibly an additional tenor. Wrong: It's American tenor Daniel Brenna.
Forest Bird: Stacy Tappan. Right.
Erda: Ronnita Miller. Right.

First Norn: Ronnita Miller (or the contralto singing Erda). Not Announced.
Second Norn: The mezzo singing Waltraute. Not Announced.
Third Norn: Your guess is as good as mine. Not Announced
Waltraute: Jamie Barton or Elizabeth Bishop. Right: Barton
Gunther: Christian Van Horn. Wrong: Brian Mulligan.
Hagen: Andrea Silvestrelli or Stephen Milling. Right: Silvestrelli.
Gutrune: Melissa Citro. Right.

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