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Der Ring des Nibelungen

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.

The operas

Das Rheingold

The first opera introduces the characters and themes of this epic cycle.

Die Walküre

The second opera thrillingly depicts the discovery of a great love.


The third opera revels in its depiction of heroism even as it sets up the cycle’s dramatic conclusion.


The Twilight of the Gods, the fourth and final opera, brings this magnificent tale of gods and mortals to a fiery close.

News and features

  1. 20 June 2017

    10 of opera’s greatest tenor roles

    Our favourites of the undisputed kings of opera, from Idomeneo to Peter Grimes via Siegfried and Otello.

  2. 15 September 2016

    Aiming high: 10 of the most challenging soprano roles

    From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.

  3. 11 June 2015

    Recommended Recordings: June 2015

    This month features a magnificent recording of the Ring Cycle, an exceptional disc by Sonya Yoncheva and a new recording of Donizetti's rarely-performed Les Martyrs.