A 15-hour epic, performed over four nights

This event has been rescheduled from 29 October to 20 November 2021 until 1 to 21 December 2023. Ticketholders have been contacted directly.

We’re bringing a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane in December 2023, exclusive to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

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, performed over four nights.

Enjoy a week in sunny Queensland and see a spectacular new production by visionary Chinese director, Shi-Zheng Chen.

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.

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



Conductor Philippe Auguin
Director & Production Designer Chen Shi-Zheng
Associate Set Designer Maruti Evans
Digital Content Designer Leigh Sachwitz
Costume Designer Anita Yavich
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Assistant Director Constantine Costi

Wotan / Wanderer Daniel Sumegi
Brünnhilde Lise Lindstrom (Cycles 1 and 2) Anna-Louise Cole (Cycle 3)
Siegried Stefan Vinke
Alberich Warwick Fyfe
Mime Andreas Conrad
Siegmund Rosario La Spina
Sieglinde Anna-Louise Cole (Cycles 1 and 2), Olivia Cranwell (Cycle 3)
Fasolt David Parkin
Gunther Luke Gabbedy
Gutrune Maija Kovalevska
Loge Hubert Francis
Fricka Jacqueline Dark
Fafner / Hunding / Hagen Andrea Silvestrelli
Donner Andrew Moran
Froh Dean Bassett
Freia / Helmwige Mariana Hong
Erda Liane Keegan
Woglinde Lorina Gore
Wellgunde / Gerhilde Jane Ede
Flosshilde / Schwertleite Dominica Matthews
Ortlinde Jennifer Black
Third Norn Olivia Cranwell
Waltraute Deborah Humble
Rossweise Sian Sharp
Siegrune Agnes Sarkis
Grimgerde / Second Norn Angela Hogan
Woodbird Stacey Alleaume
First Norn Chanyang Choi

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

A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only. Please see the event calendar when booking for the available date(s) and time(s) of this performance.



    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.