“This first night of a complete production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, the first of three cycles, took place in the Ulumbarra Theatre created out of a 19th-century gaol, boasting a large stage by Australian standards, complete with fly tower and all the trappings. The five-week long event includes a raft of side concerts, talks, masterclasses, gala dinners and local tours. But all this would fall by the wayside without compelling performances at its centre and, on the evidence of this first night, that seems ensured.”

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