The Ring Cycle

The Ring Cycle

Opera Australia's largest and most ambitious production returns to Melbourne in 2016. Wagner's Ring Cycle, directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Pietari Inkinen, will be 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 will sing her first full Ring Cycle as Brünnhilde and some wonderful Australian singers make their role debuts, Bradley Daley as Siegmund.

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

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Package Prices

Premium $2,150
A Reserve $1,900
B Reserve $1,400
C Reserve $1,100 / Under 30 $400 / Student $260
D Reserve $800 / Under 30 $400 / Student $260

Prices include all four operas. The Melbourne Ring Cycle is a special event and is not part of Opera Australia's regular season. Choose from Cycle 1, Cycle 2, or Cycle 3.

Student tickets are available to full-time Australian students. Under 30s tickets are available to those turning 30 years old or less in 2016. 

Buy a Ring Cycle package


Travel Packages

Choose from a wide selection of five, four or three-star hotels, suite-hotels and self-contained apartments in the Melbourne CBD and Southbank area. 8 nights from AUD$1,299 per person, twin-share, including daily breakfast (where available), special welcome reception, pre-performance talks, A Day with the Ring symposium and a priority booking service for sightseeing tours.

For further information visit or telephone toll-free 1300 727 095 (within Australia) or 0800 403 621 (from New Zealand).

See all available travel package partners.

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

Conductor Pietari Inkinen
Director Neil Armfield
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Associate Conductor Anthony Legge
Sound designer Jim Atkins

Wotan/The Wanderer

James Johnson
Donner Michael Honeyman
Froh James Egglestone
Loge Andreas Conrad
Fricka Jacqueline Dark
Freia Hyeseoung Kwon
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 Hyeseoung Kwon
Siegrune Amanda Atlas
Grimgerde Nicole Youl
Rossweisse Roxane Hislop
Siegfried Stefan Vinke
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

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
Anonymous (1)

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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