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.

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"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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Premium $2,150
A Reserve $1,900
B Reserve $1,400
C Reserve $1,100

Prices include all four operas. The Melbourne 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 the complete cycle only: Choose from Cycle 1, Cycle 2, or Cycle 3. Concessions are not available.

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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).

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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

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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

Greer Grimsley
Donner Michael Honeyman
Froh James Egglestone
Loge Christopher Lincoln Bogg
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

Dominica Matthews, Jane Ede, and Lorina Gore as the Rhinemaidens with the Sea of Humanity

Das Rheingold

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.


Susan Bullock as Brünnhilde & Terje Stensvold as Wotan in Opera Australia's 2013 production of Die Walküre as part of the Ring Cycle

Die Walküre

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’. After Das Rheingold’s rarefied realm of gods, monsters, and nature spirits, in Die Walküre Wagner plunges headlong into the highly emotional world of humanity.

Jud Arthur as Fafner in Opera Australia's 2103 production of Siegfried as part of The Melbourne Ring Cycle


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.

Stefan Vinke as Siegfried and Susan Bullock as Brünnhilde in Opera Australia's 2013 production of Götterdämmerung as part of The Melbourne Ring Cycle


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. 

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