Opera Australia performed three complete cycles of the four mighty operas which make up Wagner's epic vision. Leading an inspired cast of outstanding Wagnerian artists from around the world was conductor Pietari Inkinen, director Neil Armfield and designer Robert Cousins. International singers including Terje Stensvold (Norway), Susan Bullock (UK), Richard Berkeley-Steele (UK) and Stefan Vinke (Germany) joined the stellar Australian cast including Stuart Skelton, Daniel Sumegi, Miriam Gordon-Stewart, Jacqueline Dark, Judd Arthur, Graeme Macfarlane and Warwick Fyfe.
The Ring cycle opens with this magnificent prelude....
Die Walküre plunges us headlong into the world of an emotional humanity, powered by some of Wagner’s most remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’.
The Ring cycle’s third opera charts the rise of Siegfried into the greatest hero of the age.
It is in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction that the Ring cycle reaches its devastating finale.
The Melbourne Ring Festival
Presented by Opera Australia and City of Melbourne, the Melbourne Ring Festival took place from 15 November - 13 December 2013. The festival was a month-long celebration of all things 'Ring-inspired'. Everyone was invited to get a taste of Wagner's amazing Ring cycle through films, exhibitions, concerts, talks, performances and more.