The Ring CyCle
We’re bringing a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane in November 2020, exclusive to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
10 November – 5 DEcember 2020
Lyric Theatre, 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 Shi-Zheng Chen.
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.
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
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
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 & 40 minutes, including two intervals of 90 and 35 minutes
Photo by Jake Terrey.
10 November 2020, 7pm
12 November 2020, 5pm
14 November 2020, 1pm
16 November 2020, 4pm
19 November 2020, 7pm
21 November 2020, 1pm
24 November 2020, 5pm
26 November 2020, 4pm
28 November 2020, 7pm
1 December 2020, 5pm
3 December 2020, 5pm
5 December 2020, 1pm
Instead of buying a standard cycle, you may purchase the four operas of the Ring Cycle in the date order you prefer. For example, you could buy the four performances on Saturday. You must still buy all four operas in the Cycle.
The Ring Cycle is a special event and is not part of Opera Australia’s regular season. Each Ring Cycle is sold as a 4-opera series and tickets are available for complete 4-opera cycles only. Concessions are not available.
A Reserve $1800
B Reserve $1000
C Reserve $380
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
2020 will mark an exciting moment in our history as we present five Wagner operas in one year, a new production in Melbourne and the Ring Cycle in Brisbane. You can help us in this bold endeavour and embark on an amazing Wagnerian journey. By joining the Wagner 2020 Syndicate you will be at the heart of this special year, accompanying the productions from the rehearsal rooms to the stage. Download the donation form (pdf).
As a syndicate member you will 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 2020 Syndicate with a tax deductible gift, please contact Anna d’Ersu (02 9318 8283).
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.
Brisbane itself has been energised by a raft of glittering new hotels, restaurants and events. Tucked beneath the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves has been transformed into a stunningly picturesque boardwalk of restaurants, a brewery and a hotel that hugs the contours of the magnificent cliffs. The city offers up a thriving restaurant scene. Let a renowned Michelin chef take you on a gastronomic adventure through local produce and tradition Indian fare at Heritij in the new W Hotel. Sip wine straight off the wood at City Winery. Savour a mouth-watering degustation at a hidden ultra-modern Japanese restaurant and bar, Honto. And finish with an expertly crafted cocktail at glamorous rooftop bar The Terrace at Emporium Hotel.
After you've had your fill, hit California-cool shopping precinct James Street. The boutique shopping strip is renowned for Australian fashion, sought-after coffee and is centred around The Calile, a new resort-style hotel inspired by Palm Springs. No trip is complete without a cruise down the winding riverwhere local neighbourhoods vary from bohemia to European village. And the city’s beloved modern art gallery, GOMA, is an absolute must-see, transforming into a glowing rainbow beacon at twilight.
If you’re looking to swap the city bustle for a countryside escape, set the GPS to world heritage rainforests, idyllic islands, foodie trails and charming towns. You’ll find it all in Brisbane — the river city on the rise.
Kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough beach near Mackay in Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Wathumba Creek on Fraser Island in South East Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Lady Musgrave Island near Gladstone in North Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Fairy lights in the City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
|director & production designer|
|digital content designer||Leigh Sachwitz / flora&faunavisions|
|costume designer||Anita Yavich|
|Lighting Designer||John Rayment|
|wotan / wanderer||Vitalij Kowaljow|
|Siegmund||Rosario La Spina|
|Fasolt / hagen||Daniel Sumegi|
|fafner / hunding||Donald Thomson|
|freia / helmwige||Mariana Hong|
|Wellgunde / Gerhilde||Jane Ede|
|flosshilde / schwertleite||Dominica Matthews|
|Ortlinde / Third norn||Olivia Cranwell|
|Rossweise / second norn||Sian Sharp|
|grimgerde / first norn||Angela Hogan|
Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra
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The Story Bridge spanning the Brisbane River. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Moreton Island near Brisbane in Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Capricorn Coast at the Southern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Dr Haruhisa Handa
Opera Australia Government Partner