Opera Australia been forced to cancel its new Brisbane RingCycle for the second year running due to the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

First announcedin May 2019, the production was originally scheduled to open at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in November 2020, but due to the global pandemic was postponedto 2021. The first of the three cycles was due to begin on 29 October but the outbreak of the Delta variant and the hard border closure now in place to protect Queensland from the spread of the virus in New South Wales and Victoria has made that impossible.


Since Sydney went into lockdown in June, OA has worked through every conceivable option to ensure that its new digital RingCycle went ahead. In early August, the company looked at flying the cast and crew from Sydney to Brisbane to avoid border closures. Then came a snap Brisbane lockdown. The hope of rehearsing in Cairns...