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Wagner’s Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera

PREMIUM TICKETS & PRE-OPERA LECTURES
June 19-25, 2018

 

Richard Wagner’s epic tetralogy, as interpreted by acclaimed Director Francesca Zambello and celebrated Maestro Donald Runnicles returns to the War Memorial Opera House.  An outstanding cast with the superb San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus makes this is a must for Ring afficionados.

Act 1 has selected Cycle II and will include Premium Orchestra seating, the pre-performance lecture series, SFO’s Ring Symposium (to be announced), dining, art museums, a food tasting tour and a Wagner Society of Northern California event (to be announced).

The luxurious Taj Campton Place Hotel is a sanctuary for the sophisticated traveler, providing an elegant, quiet, atmosphere in the heart of San Francisco just o Union Square.  Exquisite interiors, impeccable service, high-tech touches combined with the Bar and Bistro’s clubby ambiance and two star Michelin Campton Place Restaurant ensure a memorable experience.

“ The Ring is always contemporary. We are presenting a world in some ways familiar to our audience but also one that will feel very mythic as we look to our country’s rich imagery. The great themes of the Ring — nature, power and corruption — resound through America’s past and haunt our present.”
~ Francesca Zambello, Director

“Come to the Ring with a desire for adventure. Wagner’s remarkable mythical odyssey throws light on human nature from true love, greed, power and possession to parenthood and moral maturity. Its timeless relevance and deeply human insights touch each of our lives profoundly and unforgettably.”
~ Donald Runnicles, Conductor 

ARTISTS

Wotan....................................Greer Grimsley

Brünnhilde .............................Evelyn Herlitzius

Siegfried ................................Daniel Brenna

Loge ......................................Stefan Margita

Alberich ..................................Falk Struckmann

Mime ......................................David Cangelosi

Sieglinde ................................Karita Mattila

Siegmund & Froh ...................Brandon Jovanovich

Fricka & Waltraute .................Jamie Barton

Hunding & Fafner....................Raymond Aceto

Forest Bird...............................Stacey Tappan

Erda & 1st Norn ......................Ronnita Miller

Hagen & Fasolt .......................Andrea Silvestrelli

Gunther and Donner.................Brian Mulligan

Gutrune ...................................Melissa Citro

 

Chorus Director.........................Ian Robertson

Set Designer ............................Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer.....................Catherine Zuber

Lighting Designer ......................Mark McCullough

Projection Designers .................S. Katy Tucker & Jan Hartley

 

ITINERARY

MONDAY, JUNE 18

NOTES

Group transfers are included to arrive at the house in time for the pre- performance lectures that take place fifty five minutes prior to curtain and last for thirty minutes, allowing time for refreshments prior to curtain.

For those not wishing to attend the pre-performance lectures that are included for all ticket holders, independent taxi transfers may be arranged to arrive for the opera only.

SFO Ring Cycle II Symposium and other Ring events or perhaps a Wagner Society of Northern California educational meeting will be announced in due course. Act 1 will modify the daily itinerary to include or offer additional events that would enhance the tour experience.

Breakfast is not included. If you enjoy breakfast, Campton Place offers breakfast vouchers at $48 tax and gratuity included. Alternatively, consider a la carte breakfast or a neighborhood diner or coffee shop.

Complimentary coffee, tea and bottled water are included in each room.

Independent optional early arrivals and free time until late afternoon on Tuesday, June 19. Private airport car service transfers may be arranged upon request.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

Independent arrivals and check in at Taj Campton Place, Stockton St. near Union Square.  Gather in the late afternoon to walk to the nearby private members’ University Club for a Welcome Afternoon Tea.  We then transfer from the club to the opera house for the rst pre-performance lecture.  A short break follows.

7:30pm Das Rheingold. Upon return enjoy informal discussion over nightcaps and refreshments in the Campton Place Bar.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

We explore the history and culture of one of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods with an 11:00am - 2:00pm private food tasting tour.

Transfer for the pre-performance lecture and free time for refreshments before Die Walküre at 7:00pm.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Today’s inclusion will be clarified closer to date: either the SFO Ring Symposium with lunch or a visit to one of the city’s remarkable art museums followed by lunch at Café de la Presse.

This evening is independent or, if preferred, join an optional group dinner with your tour host.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

Art museum morning or symposium (see Thursday). Afternoon at leisure. Transfer to the house for the lecture with intermission dinner included at the opera house.

Siegfried starts at 6:30pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

Enjoy a full independent day and evening. The hotel concierge and Act 1 Tours will assist with suggestions and arrangements upon request.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24

Morning at leisure. Transfer to the opera house for the nal lecture.

1:00pm Götterdämmerung. Afterwards we return to the hotel and our celebratory farewell dinner.

MONDAY, JUNE 25

Independent departures. Private car service airport transfer may be ordered. 

INCLUSIONS

  • Six nights Taj Campton Place
  • Premium Orchestra tickets Ring Cycle
  • Pre-performance lecture series
  • Two half day sightseeing activities
  • Ring Symposium subject to announcement or other to be arranged
  • Afternoon Tea, one reception, two lunches, two dinners
  • Private transfers to and from the opera house and sightseeing
  • Wagner Reading List
  • Gratuities for drivers, guides and group dining
  • Fully escorted by Act 1 Tours host

Not included:

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers (may be reserved upon request) 

RATE

  • $7,650 per person with double room occupancy
  • $1,050 supplement for single occupancy

*Please note that the rate includes a tax-deductible donation of $1,260 to the San Francisco Opera.

PAYMENT

$3,250 per person at registration.  The deposit is non-refundable as it covers the cost of performance tickets and non-cancelable contractual obligations.  Final payment is due by April 19, 2018.

INSURANCE

Trip insurance is strongly advised to avoid nancial loss should the need to cancel arise for insurable reasons. Act 1 Tours is able to arrange this coverage on your behalf and, with certain policies pre-existing medical conditions may be waived provided coverage is purchased within 15 days of the initial deposit.