Opera Australia Ring Cycle
Opera Australia, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Opera Australia brings a new production of the Ring Cycle exclusively to Brisbane this December.
Come on an exhilarating adventure with men and maidens, gods and giants, dragons and dwarves. 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 masterpiece split over four performances. Each of the four operas that make up the Ring Cycle are themselves extraordinary works and tickets for these individual performances are now available.
Brought to life by visionary Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, who explores Wagner’s legendary tale through a futuristic lens.
French conductor Philippe Auguin leads a cast of international stars and some of Australia’s most accomplished performers.
Book now to experience this striking new production featuring the memorable music of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
A full Cycle consists of all four operas played in the following order: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung.
Build your own variable package and choose the operas and nights you wish to attend. Each of the four operas in the Ring Cycle will be performed three times from 1–21 December. Tickets to the individual Ring operas (single tickets) start at $165* and bookings of two or more performances qualify buyers for a discounted rate.
1 December, 7pm
8 December, 7pm
15 December, 7pm
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 and 30 minutes, with no interval.
3 December, 1pm
10 December, 5pm
17 December, 5pm
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 and 45 minutes, including two intervals.
Interval 1: 75 minutes
Interval 2: 40 minutes
5 December, 5pm
12 December, 5pm
19 December, 5pm
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.
Interval 1: 75 minutes
Interval 2: 30 minutes
7 December, 4pm
14 December, 4pm
21 December, 1pm
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 and 40 minutes, including two intervals.
Interval 1: 90 minutes
Interval 2: 35 minutes
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