Melbourne Ring Festival | 15 Nov - 13 Dec


Free events


The Melbourne Ring Festival’s Opening Event


This unforgettable ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ signifies the arrival of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle in Melbourne, celebrated by massed brass bands and of course the Valkyries themselves on horseback, with a performance of Wagner’s best-known piece.

Following a City of Melbourne welcome, the brass bands take to the Federation Square Stage for a celebratory concert.

Federation Square
Saturday 16 November, 1pm (90 Minutes)


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Hub of the Melbourne Ring Festival, Home of the Stars! Right at the centre of the action, Arts Centre Melbourne hosts the festival’s hub.

The hub is a place for relaxation, gossip, debriefs, drinks, and the company friends, with a free performance program of music, song, circus and more, some of which might just make Wagner roll over in his grave!

Arts Centre Melbourne
Nov 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13.
Performances from 9pm. Bar open nightly




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With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and featuring Opera Australia’s Community Choirs.

Pack a picnic and join us for a spectacular evening under the stars.

Featuring some of opera’s most popular arias in a beautiful outdoor setting, this is the perfect introduction to the world of opera.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Saturday 23 November, 7.30pm. Gates open from 4pm


Due to the popularity of this event, pre-booking is necessary. Tickets have now sold out.

A limited amount of tickets will be available at the gate on the day. 1300 136 166


This project is assisted by the Australian Government through
the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.







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Wagnerlicht is a multimedia installation to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Richard Wagner.

It explores and reinterprets the Ring cycle for a young generation not familiar with Wagner’s work and consists of sculptural elements designed and fabricated by innovative young and established light artists, academics and students of design.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Building foyer

Friday 15 November – Saturday 14 December

Curator's Talk with Mike Day: Sunday 8 December, 2pm (60 minutes)

Meet at Concierge Desk, State Theatre



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The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, The University of Melbourne presents


This exhibition draws primarily on the collections of the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library and explores connections between Wagner and Australia from early performances of music to the late 1960s.

It features a handwritten letter from Wagner to Melbourne in 1877, concert and opera memorabilia and rare early scores.

Dulcie Hollyock Room, Ground Floor, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, Parkville

 7 October – 19 December

Weekdays (from 28 October) 9am - 6pm (Wednesday to 8:30pm)

Weekends (to 17 November only) 11am -5pm


Image: Caricature by Harry Julius of a 1911 performance of Lohengrin by the Melba Grand Opera Company. Edmund Burke, the ‘referee’,played the King and Francesco Zeni was Lohengrin (from Theatrical Caricatures, Sydney: NSW . Bookstall, 1912).


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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art presents


Mount Analogue comes alive!

Acclaimed International artist Tacita Dean presents her awesomely scaled masterwork, FILM, an epic, episodic homage to the analogue processes of celluloid camera. 

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
111 Sturt Street, Southbank

10 October – 24 November
Tuesday-Friday 10am -5pm , Wednesday 10am - 8pm

Cost: FREE


Image: Tacita Dean, FILM, 2011: Installation view, Unilever series,
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London Photography Marcus Leith and
Andrew Dunkley. Courtesy the artist: Frith Street Gallery, London and
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.


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Arts Centre Melbourne presents


Costumes from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection

All that Glitters showcases costumes from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection that were designed to create a spectacle on stage.

The exhibition celebrates the vision behind these costumes, the creativity and skill of  those who created them and the show-stopping performances that brought them to life.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Gallery  

16 November – 23 February, from 10am daily


Image: Costume for Hello Dolly!, Gordon Frost Organisation, 1995,
Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection.


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Juan Davila exhibition and talks

Since 2007, Juan Davila has completed a series of paintings depicting Wagner’s Ring cycle.

A Man Renounces Love, 2012 (on display in the Smorgon Plaza) from the Opera, Das Rheingold, explores Alberich who steals the Rhinemaidens’ gold and renounces love.

Dr Kate Briggs will give a series of lectures on Juan Davila’s Ring cycle paintings, addressing the mythological and psychological aspects of his work.

Kate has written extensively on contemporary arts and on Juan Davila’s recent work.

Artwork venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Smorgon Plaza

16 November – 13 December, from 10am Daily

Talks venue: 909 Drummond Street, North Carlton

Thursdays: 21, 28 November, 12 December, 2pm

 FREE (03) 9387 6939

Image: A Man Renounces Love (detail), 2010, Juan Davila, Oil on
Canvas, © Juan Davila, Courtesy of Kalli Rolfe Contemporary


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Gray Reid Gallery presents


Official jewellery designer of the Melbourne Ring Cycle.

View the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia “Wagnerian” Exhibition Tour the Workshops and learn the techniques and design process involved in creating the Melbourne Ring Cycle collection.

Explore and discuss your jewellery desires – refreshments to be served.

Gray Reid Gallery, 156 Collins Street, Melbourne

Tuesday 19 November, Tuesday 26 November,

Tuesday 3 December, 10am -5pm

FREE (Booking required) (03) 9650 7700


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The pop-up store supporting The Melbourne Ring Cycle is a space where the design capital of Australia meets one of the world’s great works of art.

Melbourne designers have been asked to respond creatively to the Ring through their merchandise.

An engaging shop to browse, it is also a tasting plate of design in Melbourne.

Arts Centre Melbourne

18 November – 13 December



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ACMI presents


On the Federation Square Big Screen – Looney Tunes at the Opera.

This special collection of Warner Bros. cartoons sees Elmer, Bugs, Daffy and their cohorts tackle Wagner - and opera in general - head on.

Featuring Chuck Jones’ all-time classics What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Long Haired Hare and Bugs Bunny’s Overtures, Bugs will grace the Federation Square Big Screen twice a day during the Ring festival in his inimitable style.

It’s impossible to see these too many times.

The Big Screen Federation Square

14 November – 13 December

Various times, see screening schedule here


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Ring Cycle Tactile Tour

After the Insights talk on 8 December, we are running a free Tactile Tour for Ring ticket holders with vision impairments.

From 12.30 - 1pm, the tour will be led by an Opera Australia staff member who is closely involved in realising the production.

Tour members with limited vision will explore props and costumes, and if possible, get access to the set on stage.  

For more information about Tactile Tours see here.

Attendance is free, but bookings are essential. Please note, due to limited space, attendance is restricted to Ring ticket holders. To book a place on the Tactile Tour, please contact the Opera Australia directly on the details below. 


Arts Centre Melbourne
Meet at Smorgon Family Plaza, Level 5, near the main Box Office
Sunday 8 December. Meet at 12.15 for 12.30pm start
Free but bookings are essential, places are limited 02 9318 8200, 03 9685 3700

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