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Wade McCollum as "Narrator," Rachel Spencer Hewitt as "Daphne" the hopeful actress, Kristin Stokes as "Miriam," Daphne's star-gazing sister, and Ian Leonard as "Harold" the hapless sandwich maker prove it sometimes takes a blackout to see the light in the world premiere of 'Fly by Night' opening this weekend at TheatreWorks. Photo credit: Tracy Martin.

San Francisco Bay Area: Weekend Stage

After we polled the office, and collected all the latest information on shows, and announcements, we were a little bit surprised. What summer slow down?!
Gordon Hawkins (Alberich) curses the Ring.

San Francisco Opera Ring 2011: Summing Up

The long black storm-trooper coats, barbed wire and images of Auschwitz-like guard towers took discussions of the n-word to a new level.
Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde), Stacey Tappan (Woglinde), Renee Tatum (Flosshilde), Lauren McNeese (Wellgunde), Melissa Citro (Gutrune) and Ian Storey (Siegfried).

Review: ‘Götterdämmerung’ brings the Ring to a Triumphant End

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.
Siegfried - The Ring - San Francisco Opera

Review: The Ring of the Nibelung Part III – ‘Siegfried’

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.
Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund) and Anja Kampe (Sieglinde) with Nothung.

Die Walküre: The plot thickens in San Francisco

This scene is informed by understatement, both in the orchestra pit and on stage. The slightest hesitation of a hand on the door and the hint of drawn out strings convey more meaning than much of the bombast found in later sections.
The RIng Cycle - San Francisco Opera

The Magic Begins Again: Das Rheingold at San Francisco Opera

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.
Lauren McNeese (Wellgunde), Gordon Hawkins (Alberich), Renee Tatum (Flosshilde) and Stacey Tappan (Woglinde). Photo by Cory Weaver.

In Photos: San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle

Note that Tolkien himself denied that he had been inspired by Wagner's work, "Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceases."
Michael Schwab commemorative ring poster

Famed Bay Area artist Michael Schwab creates commemorative ‘Ring’ poster

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.
The finale of Das Rheingold. Photo by Terrence McCarthy.

San Francisco Opera Guild announces ‘Revelry on the Rhine’ gala

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.
Die Walküre

San Francisco Bay Area Ring Festival to feature symposia, exhibits, films, performances

San Francisco Opera will present Richard Wagner’s epic four-opera cycle, May 29–July 3, 2011 at the War Memorial Opera House.