Some upcoming events in Australia

- 2020 -

16, 20, 23, 29 May: Pre-Opera Talks for Lohengrin by Professor Heath Lees --- CANCELLED

'Wagner and Lohengrin – an End and a Beginning’ by Professor Heath Lees at St John’s Lutheran Church, Southgate is presented by The Richard Wagner Society (Victoria).


Saturday 16 May 2020 - 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Wednesday 20 May 2020 - 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Saturday 23 May 2020 - 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM (prior to Lohengrin matinée performance)


St John's Southgate, 20 City Road, Southbank, Melbourne

Tickets are available for purchase online at or at the door prior to the start of each talk.


16, 20, 23, 29 May: Lohengrin, Co-production by Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie & Opera Australia, Melbourne --- CANCELLED


State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne

Conductor: Johannes Fritzsch 
Lohengrin: David Butt Philip
Elsa: Jennifer Davis
Ortrud: Elena Gabouri
Telramund: Alexander Krasnov
Heinrich: Daniel Sumegi
Herald: Warwick Fyfe

2, 5, 13 August: Das Rheingold, Melbourne Opera --- POSTPONED

Das Rheingold

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

Tristan und Isolde - English National Opera

More information

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

Ring Cycle

Opera Australia has announced a new production of the Ring Cycle - on a high-tech digital set - at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre between 10 November and 5 December 2020. 

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.

Premium $2200
A Reserve $1800
B Reserve $1000
C Reserve $380

Philippe Auguin (Conductor)
Shi-Zheng Chen (Director & Production Designer)

WOTAN / WANDERER Vitalij Kowaljow
BRÜNNHILDE Allison Oakes
SIEGFRIED Stefan Vinke
ALBERICH Warwick Fyfe
MIME Andreas Conrad
SIEGMUND Rosario La Spina
SIEGLINDE Anna-Louise Cole
FASOLT / HAGEN Daniel Sumegi
GUNTHER Luke Gabbedy
GUTRUNE Maija Kovalevska
LOGE John Longmuir
FRICKA Jacqueline Dark
FAFNER / HUNDING Donald Thomson
DONNER Michael Honeyman
FROH Dean Bassett
ERDA Liane Keegan
WALTRAUTE Deborah Humble
SIEGRUNE Ileana Rinaldi
WOODBIRD Stacey Alleaume


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:


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.