Two Ring Events in Brisbane – 11, 20, and 30 November 2020

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Bookings for WAGNER’S HEROES:

Bookings for GREAT CONTEMPORARIES Wagner and Verdi:


Dr Peter Bassett and Professor Stephen Emmerson will speak on Richard Wagner’s approach to his heroic characters in Der Ring des Nibelungen and, by extension, his other operatic works. How were these characters originally conceived and how did they evolve during the many years that it took to complete the Ring? How are they dealt with in the Brisbane production? What does the music and drama tell us about both male and female heroism and the continuing relevance of this great work?

After Morning Tea, the final session will take the form of a panel discussion focusing on aspects of the Brisbane production and involving distinguished commentators and members of the Ring production team.


This event will focus on the contemporary but very different approaches of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi to the opera stages of their day, their influence beyond their own immediate circles and the extent to which they were aware of each other’s achievements. In 1870/71 Verdi was composing Aida and Wagner was nearing the end of the Ring. In what ways, if any, did they take account of each other’s ideas, and how did they relate to their own social and political environments? 

Stephen Emmerson will perform the beautiful piano transcription by Franz Liszt of the Danza Sacre e Duetto Finale (1879) from Verdi’s Aida.

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