Der Ring Des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle opens in Bendigo March 2023

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Critics rave about Das Rheingold and Die Walküre

“Die Walküre: A triumphant performance from Melbourne Opera” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Michael Shmith, Australian Book Review.

“Melbourne’s opera year begins with an impressive second instalment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle” – Limelight Magazine.

“This epic opera is as shocking and cruel as when it was first staged” – The Age.

Australian first regional staging of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle.

One of the biggest productions in all the performing arts, Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, will be staged in Bendigo by the critically and popularly acclaimed Melbourne Opera.

The $5 million production will employ over 250 Australian singers, musicians, creatives and technicians. Exclusively staged in the regional Australian destination, the production is expected to drive major tourism to the region with three full Ring Cycles performed over six weeks from 24 March until 1 May 2023 at the Ulumbarra Theatre. The production also marks Bendigo’s inaugural annual Easter opera festival, presented by Melbourne Opera.

Each Ring Cycle will be performed over two weekends, from Friday-Sunday, encouraging longer stays in the booming Bendigo region, which has hosted a number of international arts and culture exhibitions and events in recent years.

Wagner’s Ring is lauded as the inspiration behind many great themes, stories and soundtracks across the ages. With a plot that many say inspired The Lord of the Rings, the score includes many iconic moments with famous operatic and orchestral highlights such as Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Funeral March, Wotan’s Farewell and Ride of the Valkyries, used to great effect in many films, perhaps most memorably in Apocalypse Now.

Distinguished international Wagner specialist maestro Anthony Negus will return to Australia to conduct Cycles 1 and 2, after highly successful productions of Die Walküre with the English National Opera at London’s famed Colosseum, and at his famous Longborough Festival Opera. Cycle 3 will be conducted by the talented David Kram AM.

Melbourne Opera’s production features an all-Australian cast led by internationally acclaimed singers and helmed by creatively gifted Wagner director, Suzanne Chaundy, who is excited to culminate her staggered staging of Wagner’s epic Ring with a season of three full cycles.

A distinguished cast has been assembled for the Bendigo Ring, with Warwick Fyfe continuing his acclaimed performance as Wotan, Antoinette Halloran and Zara Barrett as Brunnhilde, Simon Meadows as Alberich, Lee Abrahmsen and Eleanor Greenwood as Sieglinde, Bradley Daley and Bradley Cooper as Siegfried, Sarah Sweeting and Dimity Shepherd as Fricka, Deborah Humble as Erda, James Egglestone as Loge and Siegmund, Robert Macfarlane as Mime, Steven Gallop as Fafner, Darren Jeffery as Fasolt, Adrian Tamburini as Hunding, and a plethora of distinguished singers in the many other roles including Christopher Hillier, Christopher Tonkin, Jason Wasley, Rebecca Rashleigh, Sally-Anne Russell, Rosamund Illing, Olivia Cranwell, Liane Keegan, Dimity Shepherd, Kerry Gill, Eleanor Greenwood, Naomi Flatman, Caroline Vercoe, Teresa Ingrilli and Jordan Kahler.
Tickets for single performance as well as the complete cycle are now on sale!

Cycle One

24 March 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

26 March 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

31 March 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

2 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

Cycle Two

7 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

9 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

14 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

16 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

Cycle Three

21 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

23 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

28 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

30 April 2023

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

Book now to avoid disappointment.