San Francisco Opera
Physically, both men were perfectly cast, with just enough girth in all the right places to give the naïve Siegfried a dollup of baby fat pudge.
Jim Morrison's "Five to one, baby. One in five…." resonates. However, for a moment the price of that act is withheld, allowing Seigfried and Brünnhilde – and the audience – a much deserved moment of triumph.
We take our Wagner seriously in this town. Despite the 135 years since this was first performed as a cycle in Bayreuth Germany in 1876, the Ring is always new, always worth plumbing – and accordingly, we treat it with a combination of gravitas and hype not seen elsewhere.
Schwab's work is easily recognized by his signature use of large, flat areas of color, dramatic perspectives and bold, graphic images of archetypal human forms.
All proceeds support the award-winning education and community outreach programs of San Francisco Opera Guild that reach more than 50,000 young people in 200 schools throughout Northern California every year.
San Francisco Opera will present Richard Wagner’s epic four-opera cycle, May 29–July 3, 2011 at the War Memorial Opera House.