Opera Australia Ring Cycle

1 - 21 December 2023
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
15 hours
(Performed over four nights. Includes intervals, subject to change without notice)
$380 - $2200
A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

This event has been rescheduled from 29 October to 20 November 2021 to 1 to 21 December 2023.

If you require any assistance with your booking please call the QTIX team on 136 246 during Box Office hours.

Opera Australia bring a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane in December 2023, exclusive to the Lyric Theatre.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 epic, over four performances.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.Enjoy a week in sunny Queensland and experience this striking new production featuring the memorable music of the Ring Cycle.

Attendance Information


Sung in German with English surtitles.

Presented by Opera Australia, in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Opera Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The Ring Cycle Brisbane, Queensland is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing.

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 and 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 and 45 minutes, including two intervals of 75 and 40 minutes.

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.

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 of 90 and 35 minutes.

The Cycles

Cycle 1
Das Rheingold 1 December 2023, 7pm
Die Walküre 3 December 2023, 1pm
Siegfried 5 December 2023, 5pm
Götterdämmerung 7 December 2023, 4pm

Cycle 2
Das Rheingold 8 December 2023, 7pm
Die Walküre 10 December 2023, 5pm
Siegfried 12 December 2023, 5pm
Götterdämmerung 14 December 2023, 4pm

Cycle 3
Das Rheingold 15 December 2023, 7pm
Die Walküre 17 December 2023, 5pm
Siegfried 19 December 2023, 5pm
Götterdämmerung 21 December 2023, 1pm

The Artists

Conductor Philippe Auguin
Director & Production Designer Chen Shi-Zheng
Associate Set Designer Maruti Evans
Digital Content Designer Leigh Sachwitz, flora&faunavisions
Digital Content Designer Associates Sebastian Grebing and Milena Mayer / flora&faunavisions
Costume Designer Anita Yavich
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Associate Lighting Designer Lucy Birkinshaw
Choreographer Akasia Ruth Inchaustegui
Assistant Directors Constantine Costi and Matthew Barclay

Wotan / Wanderer Daniel Sumegi
Brünnhilde Lise Lindstrom / Anna-Louise Cole (Cycle 3)
Siegfried Stefan Vinke
Sieglinde Anna-Louise Cole (Cycles 1 And 2)

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra

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