The Ring Cycle opens with this magnificent prelude.
In the space of a single, majestic, two-and-a-half hour musical span, Wagner immerses
you in a mysterious, primordial world of scheming gods, misshapen dwarfs, alluring
maidens and fearsome monsters.
The struggle for power and wealth in Das Rheingold irrevocably alters the order of the universe and determines the course of the entire saga.
Spurned by the three beautiful Rhinemaidens, the Nibelung dwarf Alberich steals their gold and forges it into a ring that gives unlimited power to its wearer.
When Wotan, the lord of the gods, steals the ring, Alberich curses it and all who wear it.
Other operas in the Ring cycle
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’. In Die Walküre Wagner plunges headlong into the highly emotional world of humanity.
Running time: approximately 5 hours & 45 minutes, including two intervals of 75 and 40 minutes
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.
Running time: approximately 6 hours, including two intervals of 75 and 30 minutes
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.
Running time: approximately 6 hours & 40 minutes, including two intervals of 90 and 35 minutes
ring cycle packages
The Ring Cycle is sold as a four-opera series and tickets are available for the complete cycle only.Buy a package
|director & production designer|
|assistant production designer||Fufan Zhang|
|digital content designer||Leigh Sachwitz|
|costume designer||Anita Yavich|
|Lighting Designer||John Rayment|
Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, with no interval
Sung in German with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.
Dr Haruhisa Handa
Opera Australia Government Partner