The Ring Cycle

The Ring Cycle

Opera Australia's largest and most ambitious production returned to Melbourne in 2016. Wagner's Ring Cycle, directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Pietari Inkinen, was performed three times at Arts Centre Melbourne between 21 November and 16 December 2016.

The epic 16-hour story follows the rise and fall of gods and humans, dragons and dwarves, giants and valkyries, set to Wagner’s unforgettable score.

"The verdict was pretty much unanimous: this was one of the best Rings anywhere in a long time."

Classical Voice America

Lise Lindstrom sang her first full Ring Cycle as Brünnhilde and some wonderful Australian singers made their role debuts, including Bradley Daley as Siegmund.

Stefan Vinke returned with his phenomenal performance as Siegfried and Daniel Sumegi, Jacqueline Dark, and Warwick Fyfe reprised their outstanding interpretations.



Ring Cycle Events

There are many events happening around Melbourne during The Ring Cycle: concerts, talks, tours, and more.


A Day with the Ring
A Day with the Ring is an all-day symposium during each of the three Ring Cycles. Conceived and chaired by Peter Bassett and involving experts in various fields, these symposia will examine The Ring and its staging from many perspectives. Book at
Dining at The Ring Cycle

Pan seared duck breast, potato, baby leek, duck leg tortellini and orange scented jus, served on a shiny black plate.Arts Centre Melbourne is offering a range of dining options, timed to coincide with intervals, inspired by the world of The Ring Cycle. Book online at or call 1300 182 183.


"Lise Lindstrom’s Brünnhilde, her first full Cycle in the role, should install her as one of the greats." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Guardian

"Ingenious staging and masterful music."

The Age

"Energy and strength in epic revival."

The Australian (subscription required)

"Armfield, Inkinen and their excellent cast deliver a thoughful and intelligent reading of this complex work."

Limelight Magazine

"Nothing can be taken away from the compelling and distinctive characterisation by the strong cast."

Herald Sun

"Not a single performance falters, not a moment is lost to confusion or superfluity."

Time Out

"All of the performers were commendable."


"Opera Australia has clearly approached Wagner’s unassailable masterpiece with a focus on innovation, spectacle and sheer quality."

Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Conductor Pietari Inkinen
Director Neil Armfield
  Roger Press
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper


Jim Atkins
Associate Conductor Anthony Legge
Assistant Conductor Tahu Matheson
Assistant Directors Greg Eldridge
  Tama Matheson
Assistant to the lighting designer James Lipari
Movement revival Frankie Snowdon

Wotan/The Wanderer

James Johnson
Donner Michael Honeyman
Froh James Egglestone
Loge Andreas Conrad
Fricka Jacqueline Dark
Freia Mariana Hong
Erda Liane Keegan
Woglinde Lorina Gore
Wellgunde Jane Ede
Flosshilde Dominica Matthews
Alberich Warwick Fyfe
Mime Graeme Macfarlane
Fasolt Daniel Sumegi
Fafner Jud Arthur
Siegmund Bradley Daley
Sieglinde Amber Wagner
Hunding Jud Arthur
Brünnhilde Lise Lindstrom
Gerhilde Anna-Louise Cole
Ortlinde Olivia Cranwell
Waltraute Sian Pendry
Schwertleite Dominica Matthews
Helmwige Mariana Hong
Siegrune Amanda Atlas
Grimgerde Nicole Youl
Rossweisse Roxane Hislop
Siegfried Stefan Vinke
Woodbird Julie Lea Goodwin
Gunther Luke Gabbedy
Hagen Daniel Sumegi
Gutrune Taryn Fiebig
First Norn Tania Ferris
Second Norn Jacqueline Dark
Third Norn Anna-Louise Cole


Opera Australia Chorus

The Melbourne Ring Orchestra

The Ring Cycle requires huge orchestral forces. The Melbourne Ring Orchestra will unite 135 musicians. Opera Australia's Melbourne performance partner, Orchestra Victoria, will be joined by outstanding musicians from national and international orchestras, including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Melbourne Ring Cycle Principal Supporters

Maureen Wheeler AO and Tony Wheeler AO

Melbourne Ring Cycle Major Supporters

Hans and Petra Henkell
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Opera Australia Government Partners

Australia Council logo & Creative Victoria logo

Opera Australia Principal Partner

Mazda logo

Venue Partner

Arts Centre Melbourne logo

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