What an excitingbutnotentirelyunexpected announcement!! Even before Neil Armfield’s 2013 production of the Ring Cycle first raised its curtains it was confirmed that the Opera Australia production would be returning to Melbourne in 2016, and again in 2019. Even so, this is a welcome announcement as it announces the cast, and confirms the dates for the 3 cycles, and perhaps more importantly the dates on which tickets will go on sale.
To summaries the information: you have 3 and a half months to save a small fortune to see the second outing of Neil Armfield’s version of the epic Ring Cycle. In that time you need to find/befriend/become a Ring leader, or alternatively you can pray to the theater gods that tickets don’t sell out before they open for the general public a month later Ha! good luck with that. Then you have an entire year to plan your pilgrimage to Melbourne and see the epic cycle, in full, and in the flesh.
The first Announcement via the Opera Australia newsletter
The Ring returns to Melbourne in 2016
We’re excited to announce that we are presenting the Melbourne Ring Cycle again in 2016.
“The verdict was pretty much unanimous: this was one of the best Rings anywhere in a long time.” – Classical Voice North America
Neil Armfield’s monumental production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle will be performed at Arts Centre Melbourne in November and December 2016.
The four-part opera series will star the renowned Wotan, Greer Grimsley, and Lise Lindstrom singing her first full Ring Cycle as Brünnhilde.
Find out about priority booking and performance dates on our website.
Opera Australia’s largest and most ambitious production returns to Melbourne in 2016. Wagner’s Ring Cycle, directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Pietari Inkinen, will be performed three times at Arts Centre Melbourne between 21 November and 16 December 2016.
“The verdict was pretty much unanimous: this was one of the best Rings anywhere in a long time.” Classical Voice America
Bookings open on:
1 October 2015 Ring Leaders
13 October 2015 Opera Australia Patrons
20 October 2015 Opera Australia Subscribers
29 October 2015 General public
We are unable to guarantee that tickets will be available for each of these booking periods as they may sell out at any point.
Premium $2,150//A Reserve $1,900//B Reserve $1,400//C Reserve $1,100
Prices include all four operas. The Melbourne Ring Cycle is a special event and is not part of Opera Australia’s regular season. Each Ring Cycle is sold as a 4-opera series and tickets are available for the complete cycle only: Choose from Cycle 1, Cycle 2, or Cycle 3. Concessions are not availalble.
Das Rheingold Monday 21 November 2016, 7pm//Die Walküre Wednesday 23 November 2016, 5pm//Siegfried Friday 25 November 2016, 5pm//Götterdämmerung Monday 28 November 2016, 4pm
Das Rheingold Wednesday 30 November 2016, 7pm// Die WalküreFriday 2 December 2016, 5pm// Siegfried Monday 5 December 2016, 5pm//Götterdämmerung Wednesday 7 December 2016, 4pm
Das Rheingold Friday 9 December 2016, 7pm// Die Walküre Monday 12 December 2016, 5pm// Siegfried Wednesday 14 December 2016, 5pm// Götterdämmerung Friday 16 December 2016, 4pm
Conductor Pietari Inkinen//Director Neil Armfield//Associate Director Kate Champion//Set Designer Robert Cousins//Costume Designer Alice Babidge//Lighting Designer Damien Cooper//Associate Conductor Anthony Legge//Sound designer Jim Atkins
Wotan/The Wanderer Greer Grimsley//Donner Michael Honeyman// Froh James Egglestone// Loge Christopher Lincoln Bogg// Fricka Jacqueline Dark// Freia Hyeseoung Kwon// Erda Liane Keegan// Woglinde Lorina Gore// Wellgunde Jane Ede// Flosshilde Dominica Matthews// Alberich Warwick Fyfe// Mime Graeme Macfarlane// Fasolt Daniel Sumegi// Fafner Jud Arthur// Siegmund Bradley Daley// Sieglinde Cheryl Barker// Hunding Jud Arthur// Brünnhilde Lise Lindstrom// Gerhilde Anna-Louise Cole// Ortlinde Antoinette Halloran// Waltraute Sian Pendry// Schwertleite Dominica Matthews// Helmwige Hyeseoung Kwon// Siegrune Amanda Atlas// Grimgerde Nicole Youl// Rossweisse Roxane Hislop// Siegfried Stefan Vinke// Gunther Luke Gabbedy// Hagen Daniel Sumegi// Gutrune Taryn Fiebig//First Norn Tania Ferris// Second Norn Jacqueline Dark//Third Norn Anna-Louise Cole
Opera Australia Chorus and the Melbourne Ring Orchestra