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News from the Members

Director Chen Shi-Zheng’s Ring Cycle in Brisbane,
 The Ring Cycle in Brisbane, Australia - Opening

 Dear Wagnerians,
As we finally reach the opening of visionary Chinese Director Chen Shi-Zheng’s Ring Cycle in Brisbane, Australia this week, Opera Australia wishes to share some of the extraordinary images and video of this production, in celebration of what is one of the most ambitious productions in the company’s history. To mark this world premiere, we would love for you to share the attached images with your fellow Wagnerians, social communities, and networks. We also have a first look video for Das Rheingold available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDtBa9jd0CM and to stay up to date as we release more images and footage, please visit http://opera.org.au/about/media-centre/the-ring-cycle/

After two covid-induced postponements in 2020 and 2021, hundreds of hours of rehearsals, costume and wig-making, scenery and props construction and digital content creation, Opera Australia’s CEO Fiona Allan has paid tribute to the tenacity and unwavering support of the entire Ring Cycle team, along with the stakeholders, partners and sponsors who kept the faith.

“They say it takes a village, and this is the most extreme example I have ever seen of a professional village coming together, and sticking together through the darkest hours of the pandemic, to finally bring this incredible production to the stage.

“Shi-Zheng and his team have created something quite unique. I can unequivocally claim that this is the most stunning production of the Ring Cycle ever staged. From the incredible singers and musicians, to the visually mind-blowing set designs and costumes, it is quite a remarkable achievement.

“On behalf of the entire OA family I pay tribute and many thanks to our partners, the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane City Council and QPAC. And to all our supporters and sponsors, I promise you will not be disappointed, we have created a Ring Cycle that Australia can be very proud of.”

3 Cycles will be performed from 1 – 21 December at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Dates are outlined below:

Cycle 1

Das Rheingold 1 Dec

Die Walküre 3 Dec

Siegfried 5 Dec

Götterdämmerung 7 Dec

Cycle 2

Das Rheingold 08 Dec

Die Walküre 10 Dec

Siegfried 12 Dec

Götterdämmerung 14 Dec

Cycle 3

Das Rheingold 15 Dec

Die Walküre 17 Dec

Siegfried 19 Dec

Götterdämmerung 21 Dec

Limited tickets are still available, visit http://opera.org.au/brisbane/ring-cycle/
for more information.

Kind regards,
Jennifer Shen
Marketing Coordinator

M:  +61 422 534 544
A:  480 Elizabeth Street,
Surry Hills
NSW 2010
E:  Jennifer.Shen@opera.org.au

Photo: Stefan Vinke and Lise Lindström in Siegfried. Photographer credit Wallis Media