Be catapulted into a world of giants and dwarves, serpents and toads, gods and apples … and this is just the start of a wondrous mystical journey which some suggest provided the germination for the renowned Lord of the Rings.
Directed by Suzanne Chaundy, and led by internationally recognised conductors Anthony Negus and David Kram AM, Melbourne Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s mammoth Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle) is exclusive to Bendigo.
A distinguished Australian cast has been assembled for the Bendigo Ring with Warwick Fyfe continuing his acclaimed performance as Wotan, Simon Meadows as Alberich, Lee Abrahmsen as Sieglinde, Brad Daley as Siegfried, Deborah Humble as Erda, Sarah Sweeting as Fricka, Samuel Sakker as Siegmund, James Egglestone as Loge, Steven Gallop as Fafner, Adrian Tamburini as Hunding, and a plethora of distinguished singers in the many other roles including Rosamund Illing, Olivia Cranwell, Dimity Shepherd, Kerry Gill, Chris Hillier, Georgia Wilkinson and Eddie Muliaumaseali'i.
Performed in the intimate space of the Ulumbarra Theatre, with a 90-piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra, this four-part music drama comprises Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, performances which in total span 15 hours, featuring some of opera’s most memorable moments, including, the majestic Ride of the Valkyries, the poignancy of Wotan’s Farewell, the Descent into Nibelheim, the sublime Forest Murmurs and ultimately culminating in a fiery finale of Gotterdämerung, one of all theatre’s most technically challenging moments!
The Ring Cycle will be sung in German, with English surtitles.
Premiere performances of Das Rheingold and Das Walküre have already set critics alight!