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A Ring Cycle cast to rule them all

Opera Australia has announced the cast for the Brisbane Ring Cycle

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The first ever fully-digital version of Wagner’s legendary Ring Cycle is set to open in our Lyric Theatre from 29 October to 20 November 2021, with a cast comprising some of the world’s most renowned singers.

Headlining the Brisbane season, internationally acclaimed German tenor Stefan Vinke will play the role of Siegfried. Joining Vinke on stage, American soprano Lise Lindstrom will play the role of Brünnhilde for the first and second Cycles; followed by Australian soprano Anna Louise Cole, who will perform the role of Sieglinde in the first two Cycles before making her role debut as Brünnhilde for the final Cycle.

Anna-Louise Cole and Jacqueline Dark
Pictured: Anna-Louise Cole and Jacqueline Dark

Australian soprano Olivia Cranwell will reprise her roles of Ortlinde and Third Norn before making her role debut as Sieglinde in the third Cycle.

The production also boasts seasoned Ring Cycle performers, Australian bass Daniel Sumegi who will step into the role of Wotan, Italian bass Andrea Silvestrelli who will bring his booming voice to the roles of Fafner, Hunding and Hagen, and acclaimed tenor Andreas Conrad lending his vocal skill to the role of Mime.

Renowned for his Wagner performances around the world, having conducted 13 complete Ring Cycles, French conductor Philippe Auguin will put the cast through their paces alongside the Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra. Under the visionary direction of Chen Shi-Zheng, they will take the Ring Cycle story from its beginnings in the Rhine to its Valhalla-shattering end.

On first glance, the words ‘my precious’ may rise to the lips of a Tolkien fan, but opera followers know Middle Earth will in no way make an appearance in Wagner’s 15-hour masterpiece. Presented over four nights, The Ring Cycle follows an epic tale filled with men, maidens, gods, giants, dragons and dwarves, where greed and violence threaten to destroy the heavens and earth before a glimmer of hope rises from an unexpected source. 

Check out this Sydney Symphony animation for a snappy Ring Cycle synopsis.

 

 

Presentation credits:

The Ring Cycle Brisbane is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Economic Development Agency.

Opera Australia, in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Opera Queensland, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, presents the Ring Cycle Brisbane, Queensland.

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