(Rhein)Gold Rush

A History of the Ring in San Francisco

Tuesday, March 23 at 5:30pm PST on Zoom
On-demand recording available to ticket holders 24 hours after airing






Utilizing rarely seen materials from the San Francisco Opera Archives, this multimedia presentation by Director of Archives Barbara Rominski and Senior Manager of Communications Jeffery McMillan explores 140 years of artists and their creative approaches to one of the most ambitious works of art ever created.

Wagner began work on what would become The Ring of the Nibelung in 1848, the same year that gold was discovered in California. By the 1880s, touring companies had introduced Die Walküre to San Francisco stages and full Ring cycles soon followed.


San Francisco Opera unveiled its star-studded first production of the Ring in 1935, ushering in a tradition of bold and renewing engagement with Wagner’s vast, four-opera cycle that continues to this day.

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About Jeffery S. McMillan

Jeffery S. McMillan is senior manager communications at San Francisco Opera. His publications include Delightfulee: The Life and Music of Lee Morgan (2008), articles for New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Current Musicology, Opera News, The Record Collector, San Francisco Opera Magazine, and he is the editor of Leitmotive, the journal of the Wagner Society of Northern California. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2010, he was an archivist at the Metropolitan Opera where he helped implement the award-winning MetOpera Database.

About Barbara C. Rominski

Barbara C. Rominski is the founding Director of Archives for San Francisco Opera and  leads the Company’s Edward Paul Braby San Francisco Opera Archive in the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. She joined San Francisco Opera in February of 2016 following a 13-year tenure with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), one of the nation’s most prominent art museums, where she was Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management Program. Among her distinguished achievements at SFMOMA, Rominski established the museum’s institutional archives in 2006 and created a professional records management program in 2012. Her many credits include consultant to the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation; consultant to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; consultant to Beach Blanket Babylon identifying and negotiating the placement of 45 years of history within local and national museums; and manager of the Anderson Art Collection in Menlo Park, CA. Rominski’s academic training includes the M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a B.A. in History of Art from UC Berkeley.


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