- 2020 -
16, 20, 23, 29 May: Lohengrin, Co-production by Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie & Opera Australia, Melbourne
State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
2, 5, 13 August: Das Rheingold, Melbourne Opera
Regent Theatre, Melbourne
Conductor: Sir Anthony Negus (with David Kram on August 13)
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Starring: Darren Jeffrey, Hrolfur Saemundsson, James Egglestone, Michael Lapina, Lee Abrahmsen, Roxane Hislop, Steven Gallop and Eddie Muliaumaseali’i.
28, 31 October: Tristan und Isolde, Opera Queensland
In concert with the Opera Queensland Chorus and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor: Pietari Inkinen
Director: Patrick Nolan
Isolde: Meagan Miller
Tristan: Simon O’Neill
10 November–5 December: Ring Cycles, Opera Australia, Brisbane
Performance dates at Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Cycle 1: 10 – 17 November 2020
Cycle 2: 19 – 26 November 2020
Cycle 3: 28 November – 5 December 2020
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
The Ring Cycle is a special event and is not part of Opera Australia’s regular season. Each Ring Cycle is sold as a 4-opera series and tickets are available for complete 4-opera cycles only. Concessions are not available.
A Reserve $1800
B Reserve $1000
C Reserve $380
Philippe Auguin (Conductor)
Shi-Zheng Chen (Director & Production Designer)
|WOTAN / WANDERER||Vitalij Kowaljow|
|SIEGMUND||Rosario La Spina|
|FASOLT / HAGEN||Daniel Sumegi|
|FAFNER / HUNDING||Donald Thomson|
|FREIA / HELMWIGE||Mariana Hong|
|WELLGUNDE / GERHILDE||Jane Ede|
|FLOSSHILDE / SCHWERTLEITE||Dominica Matthews|
|ORTLINDE / THIRD NORN||Olivia Cranwell|
|ROSSWEISE / SECOND NORN||Sian Sharp|
|GRIMGERDE / FIRST NORN||Angela Hogan|
11, 20, 30 November: Wagner's heroes and Great contemporaries - Wagner and Verdi
During the 2020 Brisbane performances of the Ring Cycle and Aida, two events will be provided during each Ring Cycle at the Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, Southbank. These are a joint exercise involving the Queensland Wagner Society and the Queensland Conservatorium.
Further details: www.wagnerqld.com.au
Wagner’s Heroes, 10am - 1pm, tickets $30
Dr Peter Bassett and Professor Stephen Emmerson will speak on Richard Wagner’s approach to his heroic characters in Der Ring des Nibelungen and, by extension, his other operatic works. How were these characters originally conceived and how did they evolve during the many years that it took to complete the Ring? How are they dealt with in the Brisbane production? What does the music and drama tell us about both male and female heroism and the continuing relevance of this great work?
Morning Tea, the final session will take the form of a panel discussion focusing on aspects of the Brisbane production and involving distinguished commentators and members of the Ring production team.
Great Contemporaries – Wagner & Verdi, 2.30pm - 4pm, tickets $20
This afternoon session will focus on the contemporary but very different approaches of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi to the opera stages of their day, their influence beyond their own immediate circles and the extent to which they were aware of each other’s achievements. In 1870/71 Verdi was composing Aida and Wagner was nearing the end of the Ring. In what ways, if any, did they take account of each other’s ideas, and how did they relate to their own social and political environments?
Stephen Emmerson will perform the beautiful piano transcription by Franz Liszt of the Danza Sacre e Duetto Finale (1879) from Verdi’s Aida.