We’re bringing a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane in 2021, exclusive to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

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 performed over four nights.

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

In 2021, 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 and some of Australia's most accomplished performers to bring you the memorable music of the Ring Cycle.

Artists

CONDUCTOR
DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION DESIGNER
ASSOCIATE SET DESIGNER
Maruti Evans
DIGITAL CONTENT DESIGNER
DIGITAL CONTENT DESIGNER ASSOCIATES
Sebastian Grebing and Milena Mayer / flora&faunavisions
COSTUME DESIGNER
LIGHTING DESIGNER
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER
CHOREOGRAPHER
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus

Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra

Wotan / Wanderer
Brünnhilde
Lise Lindstrom (Cycles 1 and 2)
Siegfried
Alberich
Mime
Siegmund
Sieglinde
Anna-Louise Cole (Cycles 1 and 2)
Olivia Cranwell (Cycle 3)
Fasolt
Gunther
Gutrune
Loge
Fricka
Fafner / Hunding / Hagen
Andrea Silvestrelli
Donner
Froh
Freia / Helmwige
Erda
Woglinde
Wellgunde / Gerhilde
Flosshilde / Schwertleite
Ortlinde
Third Norn
Waltraute
Rossweisse
Siegrune
Grimgerde / Second Norn
Woodbird
First Norn

The Ring Cycle

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.

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.

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.

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.


Performance dates

Cycle 1

Das Rheingold
29 October 2021, 7pm

Die Walküre
31 October 2021, 1pm

Siegfried
2 November 2021, 5pm

Götterdämmerung
4 November 2021, 4pm

Cycle 2

Das Rheingold
6 November 2021, 7pm

Die Walküre
8 November 2021, 5pm

Siegfried
10 November 2021, 5pm

Götterdämmerung
12 November 2021, 4pm

Cycle 3

Das Rheingold
14 November 2021, 7pm

Die Walküre
16 November 2021, 5pm

Siegfried
18 November 2021, 5pm

Götterdämmerung
20 November 2021, 1pm


Explore Brisbane and Queensland

Beautiful one day, perfect the next.

Queensland is home to a diverse range of experiences, from golden beaches and tropical islands to emerald green rainforests and rugged mountain ranges.

Between each opera, or before or after the Ring Cycle, add a trip to one of the many remarkable destinations easily accessible from Brisbane, including the Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Whitsundays and Tropical North Queensland.

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The Wagner 2021 Syndicate

As a syndicate member you will accompany the productions from the rehearsal rooms to the stage and make it possible for artists and artisans — singers, musicians, wardrobe and wig makers, technicians, repetiteurs and designers — to prepare and present Wagner’s colossal masterpieces.

For more information about joining the Wagner 2021 Syndicate with a tax deductible gift, please contact Clare Kelly: clare.kelly@opera.org.au

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Presenting Partners

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Australian Government: Australia Council for the Arts