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.
Love animates the actions of all the leading characters: Wotan, who wants to protect his children but is forced to forsake them; his twin offspring Siegmund and Sieglinde who fall passionately in love; and his warrior daughter Brünnhilde, who defies Wotan by trying to protect the twins.
He punishes her by stripping her of her immortality and putting her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can brave.
Other operas in the Ring cycle
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.
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, with no interval
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|
|Siegmund||Rosario La Spina|
Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra
Running time: approximately 5 hours & 45 minutes, including two intervals
Sung in German with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.
Dr Haruhisa Handa
Opera Australia Government Partner