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Published on : Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Ring Cycle is one of the most spectacular and compelling productions in Western culture.
The 16-hour epic by composer Richard Wagner is held only in a select few cities around the world and attracts a highly-dedicated international following.
“It’s no surprise an opera of this magnitude wants to open in Melbourne. We’re the cultural and major events capital of the country,” said Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.
He added, “Shows like these keep our hotels full, our night spots bustling and our economy strong – and that means jobs.”
First held in Germany in 1876, the Ring Cycle is a four-part opera, which it runs over four nights.
The first Melbourne Ring Cycle was held at the State Theatre in Melbourne in 2013. Almost half of those who attended were from interstate or abroad. Each stayed at least a week, and many used their stay to visit regional Victoria.
The 2013 Melbourne Ring Cycle was sold out, as 5800 guests packed the State Theatre over three cycles.
The 2016 Melbourne Ring Cycle is expected to be worth up to $15 million to the state.
The Opera Australia production begins on November 21 and runs until December 16.