Melbourne Ring Festival | 15 Nov - 13 Dec


Conversations / Talks



Opera Australia presents


Learn more about the fascinating planning, production and behind-the-scenes of the Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013.

Join Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia, and selected cast and crew of the Ring production for a series of insightful talks.

Sunday 24 November: Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini talks to Australian tenor Stuart Skelton about the physical and mental demands of preparing for, and performing in Wagner's Ring.  

Sunday 1 December: Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini talks to Director Neil Armfield and Designer Robert Cousins about the staging of a uniquely Australian Ring Cycle, the challenges of pyrotechnics and taxidermy and of the intricate mechanics of getting a production of this scale off the ground. 

Sunday 8 December: Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini talks to Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen and German-born tenor Stefan Vinke about the meaning of the work, Wagner's legacy and the lengthy training involved for the musical marathon of the year.


Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Sunday 24 November 10am

Sunday 1 December 10am

Sunday 8 December 10am 

(Two hours including a 30 minute tea break)

 $40 per event, includes morning tea 03 9685 3700

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The Richard Wagner Society presents


“The Music of Wagner’s Ring and the Life-Cycle of an Audience”

Professor Heath Lees will be hosting a series of informative and entertaining multimedia presentations about the works that make up Wagner’s epic cycle, how they came to be written, and how the music leads the audience through a growth cycle of its own.

With the aid of piano and video illustrations, Heath promises to set you up so that you’ll get the very most out of the Wagner performance later that day.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Cycle 1: November: 18, 20, 22, 25

Cycle 2: November: 27, 29; December: 2, 4

Cycle 3: December: 6, 9, 11, 13

10:30am (90 minutes)

Single ticket: $35 adult, $25 concession

Full cycle ticket: $125 adult, $90 concession | (03) 9699 3333

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The Wheeler Centre presents


Wagner’s Ring cycle inspires cultish devotion.

This passionate, vigorous dramatisation of Norse myths delivers an addictive sensory rush.

Find out what all the fuss is about from a fabulous line-up of some unlikely Wagner fans.

Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Tuesday 19 November, 7:30pm (90 minutes)

$20 adult, $12 concession

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Wagner was an outspoken anti-semite whose grandchildren sat on the knee of his most notorious fan: Hitler.

But he was also a celebrated genius who transformed modern music.

Which is most important? Can art and politics be separated?

This debate is sure to inflame passions and spark ideas, as artists and art-lovers across both sides of the divide lock horns.

Melbourne Town Hall

Sunday 24 November, 6:30pm (120 minutes)

 $20 adult, $12 concession

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The University of Melbourne and The Richard Wagner Society present

WAGNER AND US: A Symposium

A three-day symposium to explore and critique Richard Wagner’s continuing cultural, political and historical  importance to contemporary society.

Keynote Speakers include Patrick Carnegy (UK ), Eva Rieger (Germany) and  John Deathridge (UK ).

Topics to be covered include Wagner in Australia, Wagner and Anti-Semitism, Wagner in the theatre, and the ‘Wagner Industry’, amongst others.

A public lecture by Rieger and Wagner’s great-grandaughter Dagny Beidler will also provide an inside look into the Swiss branch of the Wagner dynasty.

The University of Melbourne, Parkville

December: Thursday 5, 5pm-8:30pm;

(FREE lecture 5-6pm ); Friday 6, 11am-5pm ;

Saturday 7, 9am-6:30pm ; Sunday 8, 9:30am -3:30pm

Full symposium $150, day rate $70

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