The Ring Cycle

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 Chen Shi-Zheng.

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. 

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The Operas


The Ring Cycle image

Photo by Jake Terrey.

Performance Dates

Flexible Cycle

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. 

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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.

Premium $2200
A Reserve $1800
B Reserve $1000
C Reserve $380

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Chen Shi-Zheng on what directing the Ring Cycle means to him

The Wagner 2020 Syndicate

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).

Queensland Performing Arts Centre at night

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

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.

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.

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Conductor Philippe Auguin
director & production designer

Chen Shi-Zheng

digital content designer Leigh Sachwitz / flora&faunavisions
costume designer Anita Yavich
Lighting Designer John Rayment
assistant directors

Constantine Costi

  Tama Matheson
wotan / wanderer Vitalij Kowaljow
brÜnnhilde Allison Oakes
Siegfried Stefan Vinke
alberich Warwick Fyfe
mime Andreas Conrad
Siegmund Rosario La Spina
sieglinde Anna-Louise Cole
Fasolt / hagen Daniel Sumegi
gunther Luke Gabbedy
Gutrune Maija Kovalevska
loge John Longmuir
Fricka Jacqueline Dark
fafner / hunding Donald Thomson
donner Michael Honeyman
Froh Dean Bassett
freia / helmwige Mariana Hong
erda Liane Keegan
Woglinde Eva Kong
Wellgunde / Gerhilde Jane Ede
flosshilde / schwertleite Dominica Matthews
Ortlinde / Third norn Olivia Cranwell
Waltraute Deborah Humble
Rossweise / second norn Sian Sharp
Siegrune Ileana Rinaldi
grimgerde / first norn Angela Hogan
Woodbird Stacey Alleaume

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus

Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra

Download the Ring Cycle brochure (pdf).

See the creative team test images and fabrics on stage
Photo Gallery

See the creative team test images and fabrics on stage (...)

The Story Bridge in Brisbane

The Story Bridge spanning the Brisbane River. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

A beach in tropical Queensland

Moreton Island near Brisbane in Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Capricorn Coast Southern Great Barrier Reef

Capricorn Coast at the Southern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Strategic Partners

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University Partner

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Presenting Partners

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