Welcome to Classic Melbourne and our coverage of the Melbourne Ring: Opera Australia’s largest and most ambitious production, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, returning exclusively to Melbourne in 2016. Directed by Neil Armfield the Melbourne Ring will play at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne from November 21 to December 16, with Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen returning to conduct.
In 2013, Armfield’s Ring Cycle was acclaimed a triumph by audiences and critics. “The verdict was pretty much unanimous: this was one of the best Rings anywhere in a long time” Classical Voice North America said. Opera Australia’s CEO Craig Hassall agreed. “In 2013, audiences from Victoria, Australia and around the world embraced the Melbourne Ring,” he said. “The return of the Ring in 2016 is the next step towards fulfilling our aspiration to make Melbourne a regular international destination for the Ring Cycle”. (more…)