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Wagner in Brisbane

6 October 2021

Opera Australia has today announced its program for 2022, and a comment by Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, reported in Limelight Magazine, is of particular relevance to the timing of the rescheduled Brisbane Ring.

Limelight reports: As for the twice postponed Brisbane Ring Cycle, it doesn’t feature in the 2022 season. “It won’t be next year but it won’t be far off that,” says Terracini. “While we’ve booked the theatre, I am not allowed to tell anyone exactly when it is – but it won’t be as far away as 2024.”

Opera Australia has also announced the rescheduled Lohengrin in Melbourne in May 2022.

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!

Regards,
Clare Kelly
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Clare Kelly
Philanthropy Specialist | Opera Australia
PO Box 389, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Email: clare.kelly@opera.org.au