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The Cult of Wagner: The Fellowship of The Ring Cycle


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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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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. Neil’s notable productions include Cloudstreet (toured to London twice, Dublin, Zuri... Read more

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 hi... Read more

Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer AO FAHA is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. Winner of the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer 2013, and named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, she currently performs highly acclaimed recitals of French, German and American so... Read more

Julia Zemiro

French born-Australian Julia Zemiro is an acting graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (1993) and a beloved Australian television personality. Arguably best known as the host of the long-running SBS hit TV program RocKwiz,  Julia’s success includes hosting and co-producing the hugely ... Read more

Peter Rose

Peter Rose is the author of the award-winning family memoir Rose Boys (2001), which is now available as a Text Classic. He has also published five poetry collections, most recently Crimson Crop (UWA Publishing, 2012), which won a 2012 Queensland Literary Award. His most recent novel is Roddy Parr (F... Read more


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