Opera fans in Australia and around the world have a new date to add to their calendars. Mid-November will see the Melbourne Ring Festival, a full-scale multimedia event devoted to Richard Wagner’s epic series of operas.
Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle will be complemented by music, film, comedy and social gatherings designed to deepen and broaden visitors’ understanding of the significance of the landmark works by the German composer.
The festival marks a collaboration between local and national government and arts bodies to transform Melbourne at the height of the Australian summer into a cultural showcase. Opera Australia’s director Lyndon Terracini said, “The Ring Cycle has been performed and admired for 200 years. Come and experience the Melbourne Ring Festival and you’ll understand the significance, the beauty and the relevance of Wagner’s epic undertaking.”
A large-scale free concert, series of film screenings, debates and talks will allow visitors to learn about the context and background of the Cycle, as well as hear the national organisation perform the works in their entirety between November 18th and December 13th.