JOIN US IN BRISBANE!

Join the Wagner Society of New Zealand for Opera Australia's exciting new digital production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

2023 RING DATES [CYCLE 2]

  • 8 December :   Das Rheingold
  • 10 December : Die Walküre
  • 12 December : Siegfried
  • 14 December : Götterdämmerung

PACKAGE DATES

7 to 15 December 2023 [8 nights]

MIX-AND-MATCH OPTIONS

You have the choice of booking a full package with accommodation, a package with no accommodation or opera tickets only.

EXCITING EVENTS

A curated range of events to enrich the mind and soul are included in packages.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Add to your trip by attending a performance of Aida.

  • 11 December : Aida

TOUR LEADER

Your tour will be led by Michael Sinclair

VIDEOS

Whet your appetite for the Brisbane Ring by watching the following videos.

Chen Shi-Zheng on creating a digital epic for Brisbane
Digital Content Designer Leigh Sachwitz
Chen Shi-Zheng on directing Wagner's epic
Costume designer Anita Yavich's futuristic world
 

THIRD TIME LUCKY!

After postponements in 2020 and 2021 Opera Australia is finally set to debut it new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen in Brisbane in December 2023. The production will be directed by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng who will explore Wagner’s legendary tale through a futuristic lens, using towering, moving digital panels to create an immersive virtual world.

The performances will be conducted by experienced Ring conductor Philippe Auguin. He leads a cast of international stars including Lise Lindstrom as Brünnhilde, Stefan Vinke as Siegfried and Daniel Sumegi as Wotan. The cast will be complemented by the Queensland Symphony’s Ring Cycle Orchestra, which will unite hundreds of musicians from across Australia.

For more information about the Brisbane Ring Cycle 2013 click here to visit Opera Australia's webpage for the production, including further casting details.

The Wagner Society of New Zealand is offering a range of options to attend this exciting event. Please take a few moments to digest the information on this webpage and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane!

 

For the Brisbane Ring 2023 the Wagner Society is offering a range of mix-and-match options to suit differing requirements. Please follow the steps below to construct your preferred package, and when you are ready to book you can cick on the button to the left to advise us of your preferences.

STEP 1 - Buy your Ring Tickets

Ring tickets are available in three seating categories, as follows:

Please refer to the PRICING tab for the cost of Ring tickets.

STEP 2 - Choose your preferred Package option

A - Full package with accommodation

  • Eight nights accomodation at Rydges South Bank
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome reception including drinks and canapés
  • Introductory talks to each of the Ring operas
  • Half day symposium curated by Peter Bassett
  • Group dinner including drinks at a local restaurant
  • Priority access to Ring and Aida tickets

At Rydges South Bank you can choose from a selection of room types. Please refer to the HOTEL tab for more information and the PRICING tab for costs. Further details about the included events can be found in the EVENTS tab.

Click here to view/download an Itinerary for this option.

B - Package without accommodation SOLD OUT

  • Welcome reception including drinks and canapés
  • Introductory talks to each of the Ring operas
  • Half day symposium curated by Peter Bassett
  • Group dinner including drinks at a local restaurant
  • Priority access to Ring and Aida tickets

Please refer to the PRICING tab for costs. Further details about the included events can be found in the EVENTS tab.

Click here to view/download an Itinerary for this option.

C - Opera tickets only

  • Purchase of Ring tickets only

Please refer to the PRICING tab for costs.

Click here to view/download an Itinerary for this option.

STEP 3 - Buy Aida Tickets (Optional)

Opera Australia will be performing Aida at the same time as the Ring and for the performance on 11 December 2023 we are holding an allocation of tickets in Premium, A and B Reserve categories. Please refer to the PRICING tab for the cost of Aida tickets.

Not included

Please note that the following are not included in any of the above packages:

  • Flights to/from Brisbane
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals not specified in the appropriate itinerary

 

Rydges South Bank is located in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and entertainment precinct with plenty of things to do in the vicinity of the hotel and is only minutes away from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

The hotel offers a variety of room types including Standard Rooms, River View Rooms with Balcony and Junior Suites each with state-of-the-art features and amenities. Guests have access to the hotel's leisure facilities including swimming pool, gym and spa, and there are a range of bars and restaurants onsite.

For those booking a full package with accommodation you can choose from the following room types. The package cost for each room type can be found in the PRICING tab.

Standard Room - Queen
Standard Room - Queen
  • One queen size bed
  • Tea & coffee making facilites
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/ironing board
Standard Room - Twin
Standard Room - Twin
  • Two queen size beds
  • Tea & coffee making facilites
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/ironing board
River View Balcony - Queen
River View Balcony - Queen
  • One queen size bed
  • Private balcony with river view
  • Mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities
  • Iron/ironing board
River View Balcony - Twin
River View Balcony - Twin - SOLD OUT
  • Two queen size beds
  • Private balcony with river view
  • Mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities
  • Iron/ironing board
Junior Suite
Junior Suite - SOLD OUT
  • Separate lounge and bedroom
  • One king size bed in bedroom
  • One queen sofa bed in lounge
  • Private balcony
  • Kitchenette and microwave
  • Mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities
  • Nespresso machine
  • Iron/ironing board

Extra Nights
If you require accommdation at Rydges South Bank before or after the package dates then please request these under Other Requests in the booking form and we will advise the rates applicable.

For further information about Rydges South Bank visit the hotel's website by clicking here.


 

For those purchasing a full or no-accommodation package the following events have been carefully curated to ensure enrichment of both the mind and soul during your week in Brisbane.

Pre-opera talks
Pre-opera talks
In the morning of each Ring opera Peter Bassett will give an introductory talk to each of the four Ring operas setting the scene for the evening's performance.
Welcome reception
Welcome reception
Prior to the performance of Das Rheingold meet your fellow Ring-goers at a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés at the Soleil Pool Bar at Rydges South Bank Brisbane.
Group dinner
Group dinner
Enjoy an evening by the Brisbane River at Aquitaine Brasserie, a restaurant inspired by the L'Aquitaine prefecture of South-West France with a long-standing reputation for both fine food and wines.
Symposium
Half-day symposium
Half-day symposium, curated by Peter Bassett, including talks by Wagner scholars, members of the production team and orchestral musicians.
The pre-opera talks and the symposium will be given at the Queensland Museum Theatre which is close to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and within walking distance of Rydges South Bank.

 

Please find below costings for the various elements of your chosen package. All prices are per person/ticket, and are denominated in Australian Dollars. When you are ready to book please click on the BOOK YOUR TRIP button in the upper left hand column of this page.

Ring Tickets

Ring ticket prices are per cycle

Ticket Category

Price

Premium Reserve

A$1,980.00

A Reserve

A$1,620.00

B Reserve

A$920.00

 

Package Prices

A - Full package with accommodation

Package prices are per person

Room Type

Twin Share

Single

Standard - Queen or Twin

A$1,769.00

A$2,769.00

River View Balcony - Queen

A$1,929.00

A$3,089.00

Junior Suite.

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

 

B - Package without accommodation

Basis

Price

Per person

SOLD OUT

 

C - Opera tickets only

Please refer to the prices for Ring tickets above and Aida tickets below.

When purchasing opera tickets only a handling fee of A$15.00 per person will apply.

Aida Tickets

Ticket Category

Price

Premium Reserve

A$167.00

A Reserve

A$140.00

B Reserve

A$89.00

 

Payment Requirements

The following payments will be required in connection with your booking:

  • A deposit of NZ$150.00 per person is payable at time of booking
  • Balance due - 30 September 2023

Please refer to the TERMS tab for terms and conditions relating to your booking.


 

The Wagner Society of New Zealand ('the Society') accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

1. BOOKINGS

Bookings should be made via the online booking form. If you are having problems using this, please email the Society.

2. PRICES

Opera ticket and package prices are quoted in Australian Dollars. You will be advised at time of payment the equivalent amount due in New Zealand Dollars.

The Society reserves the right to amend the package prices due to unforeseen price fluctuations on some or all of the services offered.

Package prices have been calculated on the basis of no-profit for the Society. However, the prices do include a component to cover the local costs for the Tour Leader.

3. PAYMENT

A deposit is due at the time of booking. This deposit is used to pay deposits for hotels, opera tickets and other land arrangements to be made on your behalf.

Further payments will be required as stated in the booking confirmation you will receive from the Society. Members are asked to make payments promptly when requested.

All payments should be made by direct credit to the Society’s bank account, details of which will be advised when a payment is due.

4. CHANGES

The Society will endeavour to accommodate any changes requested by you, but you will be responsible for any additional costs resulting from the change.

5. CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS

The Society’s policy is to refund to you as much as it possibly can after it has obtained refunds from third-party suppliers and has deducted the cost of obtaining such refunds (cancellation fees, bank charges and exchange losses). Each of the third-party suppliers that the Society contracts with has different Terms and Conditions with the following applying to major components of the package:

  • Opera tickets: non-refundable after full payment
  • Accommodation: non-refundable within 30 days of check-in

If you need to cancel your booking please let the Society know as soon as possible and it will advise you of the projected cancellation costs before cancelling any of your bookings.

6. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND VACCINATIONS

It is your responsibility to be in possession of a passport valid for travel to Australia. You are also responsible for obtaining all necessary visas, inoculations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the tour.

7. TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is strongly recommended that you are covered by comprehensive travel insurance for travel to Australia, which the Society recommends taking out at time of booking.

8. PARTICIPATION IN TOURS

This tour requires a MODERATE level of physical ability. Participants will need to be able to walk for 15-30 minutes unaided. Anyone suffering from illness or disability or undergoing treatment for any physical or medical condition should let the Society know so that any necessary arrangements can be made.