Royal Opera House announces Ring Cycles for 2018!

Very excited by this announcement.  Must start saving now….

Four full cycles performed September–November 2018

The 2018/19 Season opens with the third revival of The Royal Opera’s magnificent 2004–6 staging of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, in Keith Warner’s stunning production. Conducted by The Royal Opera’s Music Director, Antonio Pappano, it features a world-class, international cast including Nina Stemme, John Lundgren, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Sarah Connolly, Emily Magee, Stuart Skelton, Stefan Vinke, Ain Anger, Gerhard Siegel, Alan Oke and Stephen Milling.

Advance booking for the Friends of Covent Garden opens in October 2017. General booking opens November 2017.

Mon    24/09/2018    Das Rheingold
Wed    26/09/2018    Die Walküre
Sat    29/09/2018    Siegfried
Mon    01/10/2018    Götterdämmerung
Tue    02/10/2018    Das Rheingold
Thu    04/10/2018    Die Walküre
Sun    07/10/2018    Siegfried
Tue    09/10/2018    Götterdämmerung
Tue    16/10/2018    Das Rheingold
Thu    18/10/2018    Die Walküre
Sun    21/10/2018    Siegfried
Wed    24/10/2018    Götterdämmerung
Fri    26/10/2018    Das Rheingold
Sun    28/10/2018    Die Walküre
Wed    31/10/2018    Siegfried
Fri    02/11/2018    Götterdämmerung




Just to say I haven’t entirely disappeared, but have only had time in the last couple of months to post on Twitter, and that mostly links to other stories.  I’ll hopefully find time to work on the content in the not too distant future. In many ways this site wasn’t meant to be an ongoing thing but more a collection of the resources on The Ring Cycle I wanted in one place and it’s mostly achieved that for me.  Still a few things I’d like to add though so will be back at it soon!

Opera North Ring Cycle On-Line

Coming soon: Watch the film of Opera North’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s epic masterpiece online, in full, for

A complete set of films of the Opera North Ring Cycle will be released for online streaming from Sunday 12 February, following a TV broadcast of Das Rheingold on BBC Four.

All four complete operas will be available on BBC iPlayer.

Yay! This was filmed in Leeds last year at the very set of performances I attended – so it’s going to be great.  Willl we see it on Blu-ray, that’s the question.

Thor Ragnarok


As a fan of both Wagner and the Marvel Comics Universe, I’m hoping for a nod to the Nibelungen in next year’s Thor 3: Ragnarok which has recently started filming.

There  is precedent for this as a 1980 sequence of the Thor comic which saw the Asgardian tackle Alberich and the loss of the Rhine-gold. The  writer was Roy Thomas, who went on to create one of The Ring graphic novels.