The Ring Festival

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The Cult of Wagner: The Fellowship of The Ring Cycle

Wagner’s The Ring Cycle – a 15-hour, four-part opera – inspires a cultish devotion in its fans. A passionate, vigorous dramatisation of Norse myths, it is as family-dysfunctional as Greek tragedy, as bloody as Tarantino, and as steeped in saga as Tolkien. There are apocalyptic superheroes, greedy gods and disastrous desires. And the music delivers a sensory rush as addictive as the story it tells.

Find out what all the fuss is about from a fabulous line-up of unlikely Wagner fans. They’ll tell why The Ring Cycle inspires such grand passion, from their own enchanted perspectives. Host Julia Zemiro will be joined by Neil Armfield, Robyn Archer, Maggie Beer and Peter Rose.

Part of the Melbourne Ring Festival presented by Opera Australia and the City of Melbourne.

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Portrait of Neil Armfield

Neil Armfield

Neil Armfield is a leading Australian director of theatre, opera and film. He was co-founder of Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre and its Artistic Director for 17 years, during which time he directed over 50 productions.

Portrait of Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer’s career spans farming, food production, as well as television presenting and food writing. Her appearance on the hit ABC TV programme The Cook & The Chef cemented her place as one of Australia’s most well known food personalities, and her line of products is arguably the most highly esteemed and much loved range for Australian gourmets.

Portrait of Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer AO is singer, writer, artistic director and arts advocate, and currently Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director/Creator of The Light in Winter, and Deputy Chair of The Australia Council.

Portrait of Julia Zemiro

Julia Zemiro

Best known as host of the SBS hit TV program Rockwiz, Julia Zemiro’s extensive TV credits include Thank God You’re Here and Good News Week. She was the winner of Australia’s Brainiest TV Star.

Portrait of Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Peter Rose is the author of the award-winning family memoir Rose Boys (2001), which is now available as a Text Classic.

The Ring Festival

Wagner’s epic opera The Ring Cycle is coming to Melbourne – in a production with an international cast and an Australian imagination, directed by Neil Armfield. Opera lovers and critics are salivating; tickets booked out 18 months in advance.

A city-wide Wagner festival took over Melbourne for a month – and the Wheeler Centre was at the heart of the action.

Part of the Melbourne Ring Festival presented by Opera Australia and the City of Melbourne.


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