The Ring Cycle

Presented in association with Opera Australia.

Wagner's Magnum Opus

1-21 December 2023

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

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Opera Australia is bringing a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane, 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 4 nights.

This spectacular new production by visionary Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng explores Wagner’s legendary tale through a futuristic lens. His global vision imagines a parallel universe where many cultures walk together. Towering, moving digital panels create an immersive virtual world. Astonishing costumes and props imagine an unknown future.

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Sung in German, with English surtitles.


Strobe lighting is used in these productions.




A Reserve


B Reserve


C Reserve




Richard Wagner

Die Walküre


Richard Wagner



Richard Wagner



Philippe Auguin

Philippe Auguin


Cycle 1

1 - 7 December

Das Rheingold
1 Dec 2023, 7pm

Die Walküre
3 Dec 2023, 1pm

5 Dec 2023, 5pm

7 Dec 2023, 4pm

Cycle 2

8 - 14 December

Das Rheingold
8 Dec 2023, 7pm

Die Walküre
10 Dec 2023, 5pm

12 Dec 2023, 5pm

14 Dec 2023, 4pm

Cycle 3

15 - 21 December

Das Rheingold
15 Dec 2023, 7pm

Die Walküre
17 Dec 2023, 5pm

19 Dec 2023, 5pm

21 Dec 2023, 1pm

#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 & 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 & 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 & 40 minutes, including two intervals of 90 and 35 minutes

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the Orchestra works, plays, and creates music, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.