POSTPONEMENT OF THE BRISBANE RING TO 2021
Because of the uncertainties flowing from the Covid-19 pandemic, Opera Australia has decided to postpone the Brisbane Ring performances until around the same time in 2021. Hopefully, by then, a vaccine will be available and the present crisis will be past. Only the dates will change. The cast and creative team will remain the same. Cycles and seats already allocated for 2020 will remain unchanged for 2021. Performances of Aida will take place on ‘dark nights’ of the Ring.
See some fascinating interviews giving insights into the production of the 2021 Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Brisbane:
Director and Designer Chen Shi-Zheng
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: https://opera.org.au/ring
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.