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Update: 19 August 2021

We’re sad to announce that all upcoming performances of the Ring Cycle and Aida in Brisbane have been postponed due to COVID travel restrictions.

This is hugely disappointing news, but we are committed to re-scheduling these spectacular productions so that the seven years of planning that has already gone into this project won’t go to waste. Ticketholders will be contacted regarding their options.

We thank all of our partners, artists, audiences and devoted supporters, and we look forward to performing these great operatic works in the future.


Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
corner Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Queensland, 4101


Sung in German with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 6 hours & 40 minutes, including two intervals of 90, and 35 minutes.

Please note

Strobe lighting will be used in this production.

New production

The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction. All seems lost after love is betrayed by naked ambition and villains outsmart heroes.

Siegfried is unwittingly ensnared in a plot by Gunther and Gutrune and their half-brother, who wants the ring for himself. Siegfried drinks a magic potion that makes him forget Brünnhilde and fall in love with Gutrune.

Enraged by his infidelity, Brünnhilde joins forces with Hagen, who murders Siegfried. However, on discovering the truth about Siegfried’s betrayal, Brünnhilde takes drastic action. In her Immolation Scene, she redeems the world by leaping into Siegfried’s funeral pyre and returning the ring to its rightful owners.

The Rhinemaidens joyfully reclaim their gold, drag Hagen into the depths and the old world order is swept away by flood and fire.


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
Assistant Director
Andrea Silvestrelli
Lise Lindstrom (Cycle 1 and Cycle 2)
Anna-Louise Cole (Cycle 3)

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus

Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra

First Norn
Chanyang Choi
Second Norn
Third Norn

The Story

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.

Not afraid of spoilers? Read the full synopsis.

Strategic Partners

Tourism & Events Queensland

Brisbane: Australia's new world city

Wagner 2021: Generous Donors Supporting New Productions

Henkell Brothers: Investment Managers

University Partner
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Presenting Partners

Opera Queensland

Presenting Government Partner
Opera Australia Government Partner
Australian Government: Australia Council for the Arts