Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle is finally heading to Brisbane

Several years in the making and delayed because of COVID, Wagner’s monumental work comes to Queensland for the first time.
The Ring Cycle, Opera Australia. Image supplied

Wagner’s epic tale of gods behaving badly, heroes and giants, dragons and dwarves, and the ubiquitous magical ring, is central to German mythology and has been emulated many times across a range of cultures. First created for Wagner’s Festival Theatre in Bayreuth, Der Ring des Nibelungen, universally known as the Ring Cycle, has an international following from music lovers across the globe and still draws crowds wherever it is staged.

Originally scheduled for performances in 2020 and postponed twice due to the COVID pandemic, Opera Australia’s (OA) new production of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle will finally be staged in Brisbane at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in December 2023.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.