Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring) is a towering example of 19th century Germany’s artistic legacy. Wagner spent twenty-six years on the composition of the Ring, which comprises four separate operas designed to be performed in sequence. Although Das Rheingold is the first opera in the series, its libretto was the last to be written. Conducting the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert performance of Das Rheingold is celebrated Australian and Hamburg Philharmonic Musical Director Simone Young. The first woman to conduct a complete Ring Cycle, in 1999, Simone has since led complete performances of the cycle in Berlin and most recently Hamburg. Returning to Brisbane for the Hamburg season, Simone will lead the Hamburg State Opera, of which she is General Manager, alongside guest singers, some of whom have performed at Bayreuth, the theatre where the first complete Ring Cycle was seen in 1876.
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