The San Francisco Opera has earned an enviable reputation for superlative Wagner productions, particularly under the leadership of the company’s former Music Director Donald Runnicles from 1992 – 2009. The Scottish maestro, currently in charge of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, will return to San Francisco in June of 2018 for three complete cycles of Richard Wagner’s towering Der Ring Des Nibelungen. Great Performance Tours will attend Cycle I from June 12th through June 17th.

“Director Francesca Zambello’s production . . . uses subtle yet astute analogies to convey the countless ways this stirring story reflects our own society. . . The production colorfully evokes the California Gold Rush era, drawing provocative parallels between Wagner’s mythical kingdom of gods and goddesses and the Industrial Revolution’s entrepreneurs and tycoons.” (San Francisco Opera). The set designer is Michael Yeargan, and the all-important lighting designs are by Mark McCullough. This co-production with the Washington Opera was rapturously received at the Kennedy Center last May. The four Ring operas will be sung in the original German with English supertitles.

The international cast will again include some of the foremost Wagnerian singers of our time: Greer Grimsley (Wotan/The Wanderer), Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde), Karita Mattila (Sieglinde), Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund & Froh), Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Jamie Barton (Fricka & Waltraute), Falk Struckmann (Alberich), Andrea Silvestrelli (Fasolt & Hagen), Raymond Aceto (Fafner & Hunding), Stefan Margita (Loge), David Cangelosi (Mime), Brian Mulligan (Gunther & Donner), Melissa Citro (Gutrune), and Ronnita Miller (Erda). Remaining cast TBA.

Our accommodations are for six nights at the deluxe J.W. Marriott Hotel, ideally located on Post Street only a couple of blocks from the city’s central Union Square. Within convenient walking distance are a plethora of art galleries and designer shops, and restaurants. The Marriott offers a full range of dining facilities and twenty-four hour room service. We have been delighted with our experiences there on our frequent visits during the past decade. IMPORTANT: There WILL be a performance on our first evening. If you wish to arrive a day early, we will be happy to make your reservations for the night of Monday, June 11th. Let us know NOW if you do want the early night.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $6,650
Single Occupancy: $7,540