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 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’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 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. She is also a board member for COALAR (Council on Australian Lati... Read more
French born-Australian, Julia Zemiro is an acting graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (1993). Arguably best known as the host of the long-running SBS hit TV program RocKwiz, Julia’s success continues in Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery for the ABC, now in its eighth series, which she ... Read more
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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