Melbourne Ring Festival | 15 Nov - 13 Dec


Special 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)

Image: John Gollings
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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!

Download the Festspielhaus program

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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To celebrate the Melbourne Ring Cycle Opera Australia invites you to


Celebrate the arrival of Wagner’s Ring cycle to Melbourne in style at Opera Australia’s Gala Dinner on the eve of the season, to raise important funds for Opera Australia. Expect an entertaining night with dynamic and thrilling performances, including our own Taryn Fiebig.

Complete with a champagne reception, an exquisite three-course dinner matched with premium wines, our new Chief Executive, Craig Hassall, as Masters of Ceremonies, special guest, the internationally renowned Geoffrey Robertson QC... and a few exciting surprises!

You can bid on a dinner with The Hon. Jeffrey Kennett AC, an luxurious opera holiday in Germany or a walk on role in Carmen. Click here for a preview of the auction items (pdf), and register yhour pre-bids at

This event will be a fitting spectacle and a memorable part of Opera Australia’s history. Join in making history at the very first Melbourne Ring Gala Dinner!

National Gallery of Victoria, The Great Hall, 180 St Kilda Road
Sunday 17 November, 6:30pm-10:30pm
$550 per person, and VIP Corporate Tables $10,500* ($5000 tax deductible)
Download the booking form here
RSVP by Fri 1 Nov to
For more information call 03 9685 3781 or click here.



*VIP Corporate Table includes: Table of 10 places at The Ring Cycle Gala Dinner, Tax deductible component of $5000, sponsorship of 10 students to attend The Melbourne Ring Cycle dress rehearsals, prominent table location, logo acknowledgement in the event program, logo acknowledgement on the table.
Melbourne Ring Cycle Partners




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The Melbourne Ring Festival and Añada present


Live it up a little in the heart of Melbourne’s laneway culture with a special pop-up luncheon.

These events feature an exquisite meal from one of Melbourne’s most exciting restaurants, Añada, matched with Katnook Founder’s Block wine, spiced with exclusive musical performances and some surprise delights. 

Cohen Place, Melbourne (between Lonsdale and Little Bourke Streets)
Sunday 24 November; 1, 8 December at 12 noon (2 hours)
$130 per person; includes four courses, wine and performance
Click here to book online  (03) 9670 7744



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