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Der Ring des Nibelungen

Four full cycles performed September–November 2018

The 2018/19 Season opens with the second 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 from 23 October 2017. General booking opens 8 November 2017.

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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.

Cycle dates

There are four complete cycles.
You may only buy tickets for all four dates within a cycle. It is not possible to buy a ticket for an individual performance, or to pick and choose dates from different cycles.
Your ticket entitles you to the same seat or standing place for all four operas within the cycle.


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


See the seating map and prices (PDF)

Booking dates

Friends receive priority booking. Find out more about becoming a Friend of the Royal Opera House.

For all the below dates, online booking opens at 9am and telephone booking opens at 10am. Booking in person is only available from 8 November, from 10am.

  • Premium 2 Friends: 23 October 2017
  • Premium 1 Friends: 24 October 2017
  • Supporting Friends: 25 October 2017
  • Friends+: 26 October 2017
  • Friends: 1 November 2017
  • Student booking: 7 November 2017 – find out more about joining ROH Students
  • General booking: 8 November 2017

Open Up and the Ring Cycle

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 and e-ticket) will look slightly different from all other main-stage tickets for performances that take place before the Ring Cycle.

Menu options and prices

Read more about our menu options and prices. To make a reservation go to your account.

Thanks to

Originally made possible by

The Dalriada Trust

Generous philanthropic support from

Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Mrs Philip Kan, Mercedes T. Bass, Mary Ellen Johnson and Richard Karl Goeltz, Mr Charles Holloway, The Mikheev Charitable Trust, Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, the Ring Production Syndicate, the Wagner Circle and an anonymous donor.

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