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Ring Cycle FAQs

If you have a query about The Royal Opera's 2018 performances of the Ring Cycle that isn’t answered below, please contact the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000.


When is The Royal Opera performing the Ring Cycle? #
The Royal Opera is giving four performances of the four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle in September–November 2018. The cycle dates are as follows:

  • Cycle 1: Das Rheingold, Monday 24 September 2018, 7.30pm; Die Walküre, Wednesday 26 September 2018, 4.30pm; Siegfried, Saturday 29 September 2018, 3pm; Götterdämmerung, Monday 1 October 2018, 4pm
  • Cycle 2: Das Rheingold, Tuesday 2 October 2018, 7.30pm; Die Walküre, Thursday 4 October 2018, 4.30pm; Siegfried, Sunday 7 October 2018, 3pm; Götterdämmerung, Tuesday 9 October 2018, 4pm
  • Cycle 3: Das Rheingold, Tuesday 16 October 2018, 7.30pm; Die Walküre, Thursday 18 October 2018, 4.30pm; Siegfried, Sunday 21 October 2018, 3pm; Götterdämmerung, Wednesday 24 October 2018, 4pm
  • Cycle 4: Das Rheingold, Friday 26 October 2018, 7.30pm; Die Walküre, Sunday 28 October 2018, 4pm; Siegfried, Wednesday 31 October 2018, 4.30pm; Götterdämmerung, Friday 2 November 2018, 4pm

How do I find out the casting? #
All casting information is available through the production pages for each opera: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Please note that all casting is subject to change, as per our usual Terms and Conditions.

What are the running times for each performance? #
Approximate running times are included on the production pages for each opera: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung each contain one long interval of 75 or 80 minutes.

How do I buy tickets? #
Tickets go on sale for Premium 2 Friends on 23 October 2017, with booking dates for other membership levels following subsequently (see dates below), ending with general booking on 8 November 2017. On each booking day, online booking opens at 9am and telephone booking opens at 10am. On the day that booking for your level of membership opens, log in to your account and follow the links from the Ring page or the individual production pages to choose your cycle and seat. If you are booking when booking opens, we strongly recommend signing into your account before 9am; you may also need to refresh the page at 9am in order for the page to display that booking has opened. Please note that booking in person is only possible from 8 November.

Do I have to buy a ticket for all four operas? #
To begin with, it is only possible to buy a ticket for all four performances within a given cycle. In the booking process, you will only be asked to select your ticket once.
At a date yet to be announced, it will be possible to buy tickets for individual performances, subject to availability. In the weeks before performances, there will be 23 Friday Rush tickets (all in the Amphitheatre) released for each individual performance.

How much do tickets cost? #
See the seat map and price table (PDF) for a full list of prices.

Can I pick and choose dates between cycles? #
No, to begin with you can only buy a ticket for all four performances within that cycle. At a date yet to be announced, it will be possible to buy tickets for individual performances, subject to availability.

Can I choose a different seat for different performances within a cycle? #
No. To begin with, when you buy a Ring Cycle ticket you will have the same seat or standing place for all four performances within that cycle. In the booking process, you will only be asked to select your ticket once. At a date yet to be announced, it will be possible to buy tickets for individual performances, subject to availability.

Why can't you tell me the date from which I can buy individual tickets instead of a ticket for a complete cycle? #
We want as many people as possible to experience the Ring Cycle in its entirety. We will respond to demand in choosing the date from which we make the switch from selling complete Cycle tickets to individual tickets. Further details will be announced on this page.

Is there a limit on the number of tickets I can buy? #
Because we expect demand for the Ring Cycle to be high, there is a limit of four cycle tickets per customer. There is no limit on how you distribute those four tickets among the four cycles i.e. you could buy one ticket for each cycle or four tickets for one cycle.

Why do I see a 'Choose package' button instead of the usual 'Buy' button? #
We have slightly modified the online route to buy tickets for the Ring Cycle, to make it clear you are buying a ticket for an entire cycle rather than an individual performance, and so you can easily choose the cycle that best suits your availability. Because of this, in certain areas of the website you will see a 'Choose package' button instead of the usual 'Buy' button. This button will take you through to an intermediary page where you can see all four cycle options. The 'Buy' buttons on this page will take you through to the pages where you select your tickets.

Can I exchange tickets? #
You can only exchange an entire Ring Cycle ticket for another entire Ring Cycle ticket, subject to availability. If you need to exchange tickets, please contact the Box Office at least three working days before the first performance, otherwise we can only offer to re-sell the Ring Cycle ticket, and unfortunately we cannot guarantee a successful re-sale. Exchanges are subject to availability and the usual Box Office conditions apply.

Can I return tickets? #
You may return tickets for re-sale if you wish, but we cannot guarantee the successful re-sale of returned tickets. Our usual terms and conditions apply.
Please note that returned complete cycle tickets (i.e. for all four performances within a cycle) may be put up for re-sale at any time, but individual tickets will only be put up for re-sale after the date from which we start selling individual tickets instead of cycle tickets. Therefore a 'sold out' notice for a performance will not necessarily mean your returned individual tickets have been successfully re-sold.

Do you have tickets for wheelchair users? #
There are tickets available for wheelchair users for all performances. Detailed seating plans showing wheelchair spaces are available upon request. Visit the Royal Opera House Access Membership area to find out more and to request a registration form.

Can I book a table for dinner at the same time as booking my tickets? #
Yes – choose from a variety of different menus and options. Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung each include one long interval of 75 or 80 minutes.

How can I be sure of getting a ticket? #
We expect demand to be very high and recommend booking your tickets as soon after booking opens as possible.

All tickets are sold out – what are my options? #
Please check the website for returns, or look into the Friday Rush tickets released for each performance at 1pm on the Friday before.
Please be aware that tickets bought through unauthorized outlets, agents and websites are invalid and may be forgeries.

Why haven’t my tickets arrived? #
There may be a delay of several weeks after purchase before you receive your tickets, for both physical tickets and e-tickets. Please rest assured that if you have received an order confirmation email, then your tickets are secured, and will be with you in good time before the performances.

Why doesn’t the link to see my e-ticket work? #
There may be a delay of several weeks after purchase before you receive your tickets, for both physical tickets and e-tickets. Because of this, the link in your Account area will link to a 503 page error. Please rest assured that if you have received an order confirmation email, then your tickets are secured, and the link will work in good time before the performances.

Why does my ticket look different from usual? #
The performances of the Ring Cycle take place after the Royal Opera House's Open Up project. While the interior of the main auditorium is not being changed, we are changing the signage around the Royal Opera House. Consequently, Ring Cycle tickets (physical tickets and e-tickets) will look slightly different from any other main-stage tickets you have for any performances that take place before the Ring Cycle.

Which tickets are available in Friday Rush? #
There are 23 Friday Rush tickets available for each performance. These seats are all in the rear of the Amphitheatre.

Why are there fewer Friday Rush tickets than usual? #
Attending a Ring Cycle performance can represent a significant investment in both time and money. As such, we felt that the release of tickets in the higher price bands just a few days before a performance might present a challenge for some. We have therefore ensured that the Friday Rush tickets are in the lower price ranges in the hope that this better suits spontaneous purchase.