Sixty Plus Lecture: I Saw the World End: Exploring Wagner’s ‘Ring’ - Kip Cranna

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 13:00 to 15:30

As San Francisco Opera prepares to mount Richard Wagner’s monumental four-opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung, in June of 2018, the company’s Dramaturg, Dr. Clifford “Kip” Cranna, gives a brief introduction to explore the myth, music, and majesty of Wagner’s unsurpassed masterpiece. Video examples illustrate each of the four operas to give a preview of this acclaimed production.

Kip Cranna is in his 39th year on the staff of San Francisco Opera. He earned his PhD in Musicology at Stanford University and is a frequent lecturer on opera throughout the Bay Area. He teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory, the Fromm Institute at UF, and OLLI at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. In 2008 he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, his company’s highest honor. In 2016 he was Dramaturg for the Washington National Opera’s presentation of The Ring at the Kennedy Center.

Premiere Membership required (pro-rated in December to $30 for anyone with any other current OLLI membership).

Sixty Plus welcomes you to check out the program once or twice, only ask that you sign in as a guest. You can also RSVP ahead of time with Eileen Ward at

The meeting will be held in The Rosa Parks Room, Cesar Chavez Student Center at 1:00 p.m.

Shuttle Bus Times: Pick-up time for each program is at 12:15 p.m. at the Lake Merced parking lot at the foot of Sunset Blvd. A second bus will be available if necessary. The return trip leaves at 3:00 p.m. from in front of the Creative Arts Building on Holloway Avenue.


SF State University, 1600 Holloway, Rosa Parks Room
Cesar Chavez Student Center Lower Level HINT: walk through the Creative Arts building from Holloway's McKenna Theater entrance toward the interior of the campus.