Opera Australia is to stage a new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in Brisbane – and this time it will be a fully digital production incorporating giant LED screens and state-of-the-art lighting. Presented in partnership with the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, three cycles of the epic tetralogy – Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfriedand Götterdämmerung– will be performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre between November 10 and December 5, 2020.

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OA had a big success with Neil Armfield’s Ring Cycle, which played in Melbourne in 2013 and 2016 under the baton of Finnish maestro Pietari Inkinen. Chen Shi-Zheng, who was born in China and now divides his time between Shanghai and New York, will direct the new production. Chen is known to Australian audiences for his popular 2016 production of Turandot for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

“Creating a RingCycle is an extraordinary adventure, it’s exhilarating, challenging, stimulating and incredibly rewarding for all those involved, whether in the audience or on the stage or behind the scenes, it’s an amazing ride for everyone,” said OA Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

“And for Brisbane 2020 we’ve amassed an...

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