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The Ring Cycle rescheduled dates:

Cycle 1 was 10–16 November, 2020…     now 29 Oct – 4 Nov, 2021
Cycle 2 was 19–26 November, 2020…    now 6–12 November, 2021
Cycle 3 was 28 Nov – 5 Dec, 2020…        now 14–20 November, 2021

See some fascinating interviews giving insights into the production of the 2021 Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Brisbane: 

Chen Shi-Zheng on creating a digital Ring Cycle for Brisbane

Digital Content Designer Leigh Sachwitz

Costume Designer Anita Yavich

Meet the Brisbane Ring’s conductor, Philippe Auguin:

In 2016 I had the pleasure of attending Washington National Opera’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Philippe Auguin who will conduct Opera Australia’s Ring production in Brisbane in 2020. Philippe Auguin has conducted this great work many times, including for the State Theatre Nuremberg in a production which I saw at the International Beijing Music Festival in 2005 – the first-ever staging of the complete Ring in China. He returned to the Beijing Music Festival in 2008 to conduct Tannhäuser with the Staatsoper Berlin. He has conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the BBC Symphony London, the Royal Philharmonic and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino among many orchestras. It is fascinating to read his comments on preparing and conducting the Ring in the attached 2016 program interview, courtesy of Washington National Opera: WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin on The Ring

Listen to the following three interviews that Maestro Philippe Auguin gave at the time of the Washington Ring in 2016. The interviews are at:

Peter Bassett, President.

Opera Australia has announced the Production and Cast lists for the 2021 Brisbane Ring. For details see:

Griffith announces epic partnership with Opera Australia:
Griffith and the Ring

Tristan und Isolde semi-staged performances cancelled

Opera Queensland has been obliged to cancel preparations for the semi-staged performances of Tristan und Isolde scheduled for 28 and 31 October 2020. The reality is that the QPAC Concert Hall might not be fully accessible by October, and there are continuing time constraints on performances. Borders are closed, and interstate and international travel remains distinctly uncertain. Of course, this is a great disappointment to everyone concerned. Unlike Opera Australia’s Ring production which has been postponed until late 2021, the Brisbane Tristan und Isolde performances have been cancelled altogether. We can only hope that this wonderful work will be staged in Brisbane in the future.