The Ring Cycle

Opera Australia, in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Griffith University, Opera Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, presents The Ring Cycle

10 November to 5 December 2020

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

The Ring Cycle

​Come on an exhilarating adventure with men and maidens, gods and giants, dragons and dwarves.

​Photo: Jake Terrey​

As greed and violence threaten to destroy the heavens and earth, a glimmer of hope rises from an unexpected source.

This is Wagner’s Ring Cycle — the pinnacle of opera — a 15-hour epic performed over four nights.

Enjoy a week in sunny Queensland and see a spectacular new production by visionary Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng.

In 2020, he'll explore Wagner's legendary tale through a futuristic lens. His global vision imagines a parallel universe where many cultures walk together. Towering, moving digital panels create an immersive virtual world. Astonishing costumes and props imagine an unknown future. 

French conductor Philippe Auguin has conducted the Ring Cycle more than a dozen times. He leads a cast of international stars including Vitalij Kowaljow, Stefan Vinke and Allison Oakes.

They join some of Australia's most accomplished performers to bring you the memorable music of the Ring Cycle. 

Selected QSO musicians appear in The Ring Cycle as part of the Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra

#Artistic + Cast

Conductor
Philippe Auguin

Director and Production Designer
Chen Shi-Zheng

Digital Content
Leigh Sachwitz

Designer
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Costume Designer
Anita Yavich

Lighting Designer
John Rayment

Assistant Director
Constantine Costi

Wotan / Wanderer
Vitalij Kowaljow

Brünnhilde
Allison Oakes

Siegfried
Stefan Vinke

Alberich
Warwick Fyfe

Mime
Andreas Conrad

Siegmund
Rosario La Spina

Sieglinde
Anna-Louise Cole

Fasolt / Hagen
Daniel Sumegi

Gunther
Luke Gabbedy

Gutrune
Maija Kovalevska

Loge
Hubert Francis

Fricka
Jacqueline Dark

Fafner / Hunding
Donald Thomson

Donner
Andrew Moran

Froh
Dean Bassett

Freia / Helmwige
Mariana Hong

Erda
Liane Keegan

Woglinde
Eva Kong

Wellgunde / Gerhilde
Jane Ede

Flosshilde / Schwertleite
Dominica Matthews

Ortlinde / Third Norn
Olivia Cranwell

Waltraute
Deborah Humble

Rossweise
Sian Sharp

Siegrune
Agnes Sarkis

Grimgerde / Second Norn
Angela Hogan

Woodbird
Stacey Alleaume

First Norn
Chanyang Choi

#The Operas

Das Rheingold

The Ring Cycle opens with this magnificent prelude. The struggle for power and wealth in Das Rheingold irrevocably alters the order of the universe and determines the course of the entire saga.

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, with no interval

Die Walküre

The second opera in the Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’. In Die Walküre Wagner plunges headlong into the highly emotional world of humanity.

Running time: approximately 5 hours & 45 minutes, including two intervals of 75 and 40 minutes

Siegfried

The Ring Cycle’s third part is intensely focused on the fortunes of a single figure. Siegfried charts the rise of the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde into the greatest hero of the age.

Running time: approximately 6 hours, including two intervals of 75 and 30 minutes

Götterdämmerung

The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction. All seems lost after naked ambition betrays love, and villains outsmart heroes.

Running time: approximately 6 hours & 40 minutes, including two intervals of 90 and 35 minutes

Prices are for a package, comprised of all four operas

#Works

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Wagner

Das Rheingold

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Wagner

Die Walküre

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Wagner

Siegfried

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Wagner

Götterdämmerung

#Prices

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$2200

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A Reserve (package)

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$1800

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B Reserve (package)

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$1000

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C Reserve (package)

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$380

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