The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction. All seems lost after love is betrayed by naked ambition and villains outsmart heroes.
Siegfried is unwittingly ensnared in a plot by Gunther and Gutrune and their half-brother,
who wants the ring for himself. Siegfried drinks a magic potion that makes him forget
Brünnhilde and fall in love with Gutrune.
Enraged by his infidelity, Brünnhilde joins forces with Hagen, who murders Siegfried. However, on discovering the truth about Siegfried’s betrayal, Brünnhilde takes drastic action. In her Immolation Scene, she redeems the world by leaping into Siegfried’s funeral pyre and returning the ring to its rightful owners.
The Rhinemaidens joyfully reclaim their gold, drag Hagen into the depths and the old world order is swept away by flood and fire.
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 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
ring cycle packages
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|director & production designer|
|assistant production designer||Fufan Zhang|
|digital content designer||Leigh Sachwitz|
|costume designer||Anita Yavich|
|Lighting Designer||John Rayment|
|Third norn||Olivia Cranwell|
Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra
Running time: approximately 6 hours & 40 minutes, including two intervals
Sung in German with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.
Dr Haruhisa Handa
Opera Australia Government Partner