19 August 2021
BRISBANE RING FALLS VICTIM TO COVID-19
Dear Wagner Societies,
Today we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming Brisbane production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle to a later date.
We want to assure you that the team here at Opera Australia has been working tirelessly and thinking laterally in order to be able to present this epic opera experience in 2021, however this decision has been guided by latest government advice and in close consultation with Queensland Health.
We are thankful that this incredible world-first digital production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, will be seen by audiences — just a little later than originally planned. We believe that such a large-scale work deserves to be shared with as many passionate Wagnerians as possible, something that is not achievable during these times of border closures, capacity restrictions and limited international travel. We are so proud of the colossal amount of work already undertaken by our talented artists, artisans and the wider Opera Australia team to bring this ambitious production to reality.
Led by Lyndon’s unwavering passion and determination to perform what will be a truly amazing production of the Ring, I can assure you that we have exhausted all possible options available to us before making this difficult decision.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt and challenge all of us, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of Opera Australia. We look forward to eventually raising the curtain on this magnificent work, what an occasion it will be!
Philanthropy Specialist | Opera Australia
PO Box 389, South Melbourne VIC 3205