A 15-hour epic, performed over four nights

Opera Australia bring a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane in December 2023, exclusive to the Lyric Theatre.Come on an exhilarating adventure with men and maidens, gods and giants, dragons and dwarves. As greed and violence threaten to destroy the heavens and earth, a glimmer of hope rises from an unexpected source.

This is Wagner’s Ring Cycle – the pinnacle of opera – a 15-hour epic, over four performances.Brought to life by visionary Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, who explores Wagner’s legendary tale through a futuristic lens.

French conductor Philippe Auguin leads a cast of international stars and some of Australia’s most accomplished performers.Enjoy a week in sunny Queensland and experience this striking new production featuring the memorable music of the Ring Cycle.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

The Operas

Das Rheingold

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 and 30 minutes, with no interval.

Die Walküre

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 and 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 and 40 minutes, including two intervals of 90 and 35 minutes.

This event has been rescheduled from 29 October to 20 November 2021 to 1 to 21 December 2023. If you have a question regarding your booking, please contact QTIX on 136 246.

The Cycles


Das Rheingold
1 December 2023, 7pm
Die Walküre
3 December 2023, 1pm
5 December 2023, 5pm
7 December 2023, 4pm


Das Rheingold
8 December 2023, 7pm
Die Walküre
10 December 2023, 5pm
12 December 2023, 5pm
14 December 2023, 4pm


Das Rheingold
15 December 2023, 7pm
Die Walküre
17 December 2023, 5pm
19 December 2023, 5pm
21 December 2023, 1pm



The Ring Cycle 2023 Artists:

Philippe Auguin

Director & Production Designer
Chen Shi-Zheng

Associate Set Designer
Maruti Evans

Digital Content Designer
Leigh Sachwitz, flora&faunavisions

Digital Content Designer Associates
Sebastian Grebing and Milena Mayer / flora&faunavisions

Costume Designer
Anita Yavich

Lighting Designer
John Rayment

Associate Lighting Designer
Lucy Birkinshaw

Akasia Ruth Inchaustegui

Assistant Directors
Constantine Costi
Matthew Barclay

Wotan / Wanderer
Daniel Sumegi

Lise Lindstrom
Anna-Louise Cole (Cycle 3)

Stefan Vinke

Anna-Louise Cole (Cycles 1 And 2)

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus

Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra

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Presentation credits:

The Ring Cycle Brisbane, Queensland is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing.

Opera Australia, in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Opera Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, presents The Ring Cycle Brisbane, Queensland.

Pricing Guide

Cycle Prices i Premium $2,200 A-Reserve $1,800 B-Reserve $1,000 C-Reserve $380

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    Queensland Performing Arts Centre will be offering a range of dining options. Details of the dining packages will be sent to ticket holders in 2021.