Melbourne Ring Festival | 15 Nov - 13 Dec






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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Opera Australia presents the Opera Australia Chorus in Concert


As part of the celebrations surrounding Opera Australia’s first complete Ring cycle, the thrilling sound of one of the world’s finest opera choruses will fill Melbourne Recital Centre, performing works by Wagner and Verdi in the year of the bicentenary of their birth, and other famous choruses from the operatic repertoire.

The Opera Australia Chorus

Chorus Master: Anthony Hunt

Including Operatic Choruses from:

WAGNER Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman, Parsifal
VERDI Macbeth, Aida, Nabucco, La Traviata
PUCCINI Madama Butterfly
STRAUSS Die Fledermaus

Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Thursday 21 & 28 November, 7:30pm

$45 standard, $39 concession (03) 9699 3333

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Lisa Harper-Brown and Seraphim Trio


Music by Graeme Koehne. Text by Peter Goldsworthy.

The highly acclaimed cabaret-quintet – for Soprano, Piano Trio and iPhone – commences as Brünnhilde attempts to find Mr Right, her knight in shining armour.

What better way than the current trend for internet dating? Or so she thinks…

With more emotion than a Broadway Musical, all the refined musicality of a Beethoven symphony and more technology than a mission to the moon, The Ringtone Cycle is a one hour drama of far-reaching dimensions.

Will Brünnhilde find her man?

Melbourne Recital Centre, The Salon

Thursday 28 November, 12 noon & 5pm;

Saturday 30 November, 12 noon;

Sunday 1 December, 12 noon & 5pm

$45 standard, $35 concession  (03) 9699 3333

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Emotionworks Cut Opera presents


If you hate opera, you’ll love this! Wagner’s Ring cycle performed in a boxing ring in one hour.

Action-packed, no boring bits and revved up with legendary popular music.

Cut Opera continues to go where no opera has gone before by performing in a boxing gymnasium.

A comic, light-hearted spoof of this epic tale referencing rock legends and mixing together operatic and contemporary voices. This is something for all social tastes!

St Kilda PCYC Boxing Hall, 179 Inkerman Street, St Kilda

November 23, 24, 30; December 1, 5pm (70 minutes)

$30 adult, $20 concession (Under 25) 0408 687 305

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The St Kilda PCYC is a not-for-profit organisation that endeavours to engage youth at all levels. Emotionworks ticket sales will contribute to this cause.


Commissioned by the City of Bayreuth
in Celebration of the Richard Wagner 2013 Jubilee



Yes it’s Wagner but not as you know him!

Following their acclaimed World Premiere in Wagner’s home town Bayreuth, the World’s Greatest (and zaniest) brass ensemble, Mnozil Brass present their extraordinary musical tribute to Wagner on his 200th birthday. Watch the trailer.

Directed by Philippe Arlaud

Choreography by Anne Marie Gros

Lighting Design by Mariella con Vequel-Westernach


Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Sunday 24 November, 7:30pm

Premium reserve $149*, A reserve $119*, B reserve $89*

Concession A reserve $84* and B reserve $59*

(Fulltime student under 25 with photo ID,

Pensioners, Unemployed with govt issued cards) 1300 182 183 1300 136 166

*Additional fees/transaction applies

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More Than Opera and Melbourne Recital Centre
in association with Opera Australia present


Adapted by David Kram for animated multimedia

Fantasy, animé and music collide in a dynamic presentation based on the Ring.

The Ring cycle usually takes 16 hours over four days, but you can see it in just two hours, with animation and live singers bringing to life a selection of the most famous and memorable scenes.

The magical world of Medievil myths come to life, with giants, dwarves, spirits and heroes. Wagner’s soaring melodies, Japanesestyle animation and a great story makes The Ring: Wagner Animated the must-see production this year.

Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Tuesday 19 November, 7:30pm

Saturday 30 November, 3pm & 7:30pm

Thursday 5 December, 11am & 6:30pm

(100 minutes including interval)

$45 standard, $35 concession

$15 school groups (Min 10 students per booking, teachers free)

School Bookings must be made by telephone during business hours.

Rated PG – it contains simulated violence, including the slaying of a monster! (03) 9699 3333

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More Than Opera presents

Marschner’s DER VAMPYR – A Lecture Concert

A tale of love, redemption and a very persistent vampire... Brimming with spooky chords and swimming in haunting tunes, Der Vampyr tells of the sad fates of two women who fall for the magnetic, enigmatic Lord Ruthven - and cheers the bravery of a third woman who encourages her lover Aubry to divulge Ruthven’s true identity.

This is a work that Wagner himself was listening to as a teenager - a rare opportunity and a great complement to the Melbourne Ring Cycle.

Young Wagner got his musical inspiration not just from Beethoven, but also from Heinrich Marschner. The Vampire shot him to fame in Leipzig in 1828, when Wagner was 14. At a one-performance-only event, audiences have the chance to hear the music that so impressed the young Wagner.

This concert version of Der Vampyr, performed in English, will be augmented with insights by Dr David Kram (who will also conduct) exploring the links between Marschner and Wagner.

The soloists include Opera Australia favourites: Taryn Fiebig as the heroine Malwina; David Corcoran as her beloved Aubry; Richard Anderson as Malwina’s father (with his sights set on a dashing aristocrat for a son-in-law); Christopher Hillier as the mesmeric Lord Ruthven; and Victoria Lambourn as Emmy, whose knowledge of vampires isn’t quite enough to save her.

Joining them onstage will be Siro Battaglin on piano and MTO soloists Gisele Blanchard, Tiriki Onus, Robert Barbaro, and the More Than Opera Chorus.

Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Sunday 8 December , 3pm

$45 standard, $35 concession (03) 9699 3333

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Chamber Made Opera presents


A celebration of new opera

Part party, part opera cycle, TUTTI is a celebration of 25 years of Chamber Made Opera.

Join this ground-breaking company in their living room at the Meat Market for a one-night-only performance event featuring excerpts of works commissioned and staged by the company.

Think pop-up performances, remixes and perhaps even something very new. TUTTI – all, together.

Meat Market, 42 Courtney Street, North Melbourne

Saturday 30 November, 8pm (3 hours)

 Admission by plastic donation (minimum $5)

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Supporting the Newborn Intensive Care Unit
at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

This very special fundraising event combines a love of music and support for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at The Royal Children’s Hospital. 

A feast for all the senses, the Opera in teh Roses lunch is staged within the celebrated gardens of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm.  Enjoy a gourmet 3 course lunch between the lake and the rose garden. 

Operatic performances are courtesy of Opera Australia and include excerpts from Wagner’s Ring cycle.

Cruden Farm, Cranhaven Road, Langwarrin

Friday 22 November, 11am-3pm

$160 per person

Enquiries: Judy Hooper 0406 369 877

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Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Art Song Collective present


MASC explore some rarely-heard early French songs of Wagner’s written in the Mélodie style.

Paris was the watershed of European Art in the 19th century and Wagner and his wife Minna lived there for three years as he attempted to establish himself.

For many months they existed in a state of near poverty and it was only decades later that his influence surged like a wave over French art. 

Featuring Adrian McEniery, tenor; Karen Van Spall, mezzo soprano; Eidit Golder, piano.

 Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon

Thursday 12 December, 7pm (60 minutes)

 $35 standard, $25 concession (03) 9699 3333

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Melbourne Opera presents


Grand Tragic Opera in 5 Acts by Richard Wagner

Join a distinguished international cast led by Jason Wasley, Rosamund Illing, Joanna Cole and Roger Howell in the Australian premiere concert performance of Wagner’s first operatic success.

Modelled on the grand French operatic style of Meyerbeer, it is packed with highly enjoyable arias, magnificent choruses  and ensembles. The overture remains a popular concert showpiece.

For this Australian premiere performance, Melbourne Opera has assembled a specially augmented 70 voice chorus and orchestra to accompany some of Australia’s leading operatic voices in a unique contribution to the Melbourne Ring Festival.

One performance only!

Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne

Sunday 8 December, 6:30pm (3 hours)

$25-$75 (03) 9650 1500

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A rehearsed playreading

One of the truly great Australian plays of the 1980s, this epic journey through the contemporary landscape will be given a professional reading by some of Melbourne’s finest emerging actors.

It promises to be an unforgettable new look at an Australian theatre classic.

The Kid is set in a blazing Australian summer; Wagner’s apocalyptic vision looms large as five teenagers face the twilight of the gods. 

The Lawler Studio, Melbourne Theatre Company

140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

Tuesday 3 December, 6:30pm (90 minutes, no interval)

$20 adult, $15 concession (03) 8688 0800

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