Friday, March 05, 2021

San Francisco Opera Ring Festival

Ring Festival Trailer
Courtesy of San Francisco Opera

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, San Francisco Opera is streaming its 2018 Ring production on consecutive Saturdays this month, with each opera available until late the day after the stream starts. In addition, there is a fantastic lineup of interviews, panel discussions, and lectures. You can see the full schedule on the company's calendar.  The Festival kicks off at 1 p.m. today, with Ring director Francesca Zambello, conductor Donald Runnicles, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley and San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock talking about the production; you can see Das Rheingold starting tomorrow.

The non-opera events are available live and on demand; you can see individual events for $15 or buy a Festival Pass ($99 for the general population; $69 for SFO donors at $75 or more). There are free passes for high school and college teachers and students as well. Details here.

I am generally opposed to music that starts as soon as you open a web page, but I do kinda wish I could have the Valhalla motive play when you view this post! Absent that, here's an excerpt from a 1951 Ring performance, which you can play or not. The video above is accompanied by....perhaps more generally familiar music from the Ring.

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