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Picks of the Ring Festival



The Valkyries are coming to Melbourne, in a blaze of brass and festival events. Artists from all over Melbourne are coming together this year to celebrate and explore Wagner’s Ring cycle in all kinds of ways: irreverent spoofs, intellectual debates, film screenings, foodie lunches, art exhibitions and more.

There’s literally something for everyone. You don’t have to be a student of Wagner’s music to enjoy a mass of brass bands playing the famous Ride of the Valkyries in Federation Square (you might know it from the movie Apocalypse Now). 

Maybe you’d prefer to pack a picnic and listen to some of Opera Australia’s stars singing opera highlights in Mazda’s Opera in the Bowl? Or you can stretch your mind at a series of debates and talks looking at Wagner: the music and the man.

If you’re not ready to face fifteen hours of the Ring cycle in the theatre (or if you missed out on a ticket), the Ring Festival offers the perfect opportunity to get a taste of Wagner’s world.

Click HERE to browse the full program.

Here are our picks for the unmisssable events of the festival:

Mnozil Brass

Mnozil Brass

Mnozil Brass

The world’s zaniest brass ensemble present a tribute to Wagner, commissioned by the City of Bayreuth in Celebration of Wagner’s 200th anniversary.

For more information and tickets, click here.

The Opera Australia Chorus in Concert

The Opera Australia Chorus in Concert, led by Chorus Master Anthony Hunt

The Opera Australia Chorus in Concert, led by Chorus Master Anthony Hunt

Hear the soaring sounds of Australia’s largest full-time professional chorus, singing Verdi, Wagner and more in a concert program celebrating the Great Operatic Choruses in the canon.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Der Vampyr – a Lecture Concert

Marschner’s Der Vampyr – A Lecture Concert

Heinrich Marschner shot to fame with The Vampire, which served as inspiration to the young Wagner. Hear a digest of this intriguing work in a piano arrangement with Opera Australia soloists, conducted by Dr David Kram.

For more information and tickets, click here.

The Ringtone Cycle


Enjoy a brilliant take on Wagner’s Ring performed by Lisa Harper-Brown and the Seraphim Trio, The Ringtone Cycle. Expect to be amused by this highly acclaimed cabaret quintet as they take on this piece with music by Graeme Koehne and text by Peter Goldsworthy. The action focuses on Brünnhilde as she attempts to find Mr Right, her knight in shining armour.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Laneway lunch with Wagner

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While Wagner’s music tickles the ears, one of Melbourne’s most exciting restaurants will tickle your tastebuds. Book a Laneway Lunch at Anada to enjoy a four course meal, matched wines from Katnook Founder’s Block and some exclusive musical entertainment.

Click here for more information.

Debate: Art and politics cannot be separated


The Wheeler Centre presents a debate at the Melbourne Town Hall. The topic is sure to inspire some heated arguments: “Art and politics cannot be celebrated.”

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Wagner vs. Wagner

30 Variety of Film Screemings at ACMI Cinemas Wagner and Me

At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, watch a variety of film screenings exploring Wagner’s life and influence. (Also, look out for Bugs vs. Wagner on the Federation Square Big Screen).

For more information, click here.


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