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.
Following Sieglinde’s death, Siegfried has been raised by the dwarf Mime, brother of Alberich. Although Mime loathes Siegfried, he hopes Siegfried will kill the dragon Fafner, guardian of the all-powerful ring. Instead, Siegfried kills both Fafner and Mime, claims the ring for himself and sets off to find the sleeping Brünnhilde.
Siegfried braves the flames, wakes her with a kiss and the two declare their powerful feelings of love in one of the most thrilling and extended love duets in all opera.
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 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 6 hours, including two intervals
Sung in German with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.
Dr Haruhisa Handa
Opera Australia Government Partner