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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen.
The State Opera of South Australia, Asher Fisch. Presented by Dr Douglas G. Mitchell
  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

  • Asher Fisch (Conductor)

(Refer to each opera for singers)

Composer(s):  Wagner
Catalogue Number:  MR301089-102
Super Audio CD

Der Ring des Nibelungen: The Ring Cycle.

4 operas, each packaged in a luxurious booklet: Das Rheingold (2 CDs), Die Walküre (4 CDs), Siegried (4 CDs) & Götterdämmerung (4 CDs).

This is the full set of all four operas, but does not include a separate box.

If you purchase each of the operas separately the total would be $295, so this offer saves you $95.


This is the first ever Ring Cycle to be recorded in state-of-the-art Super Audio 5.1 surround sound.  Opera magazine has described the project as “A significant moment in the history of opera” and Gramophone magazine applauded the cycle for being “sensationally recorded”, declaring it “the best-sounding cycle on the market to date, bar none”.

Recorded live in Adelaide in 2004 Melba’s Ring captures all the excitement and energy of the acclaimed $15.3m State Opera of South Australia production of Wagner’s epic four-part work in studio-perfect sound that has won awards, praise and plaudits from pundits and public alike at home and in every international territory in which it has been released

Melba’s Ring is not just a record of the first fully Australian staging of the work, or the most expensive recording ever made in Australia, more significantly it establishes Melbourne-based Melba Recordings as a leading force in the international recording scene. Marrying innovation and imagination to a meticulous concern for sonic detail, Melba delivers audiophile-quality recordings to the widest possible audience while promoting the best of Australia’s musical talent.

Described by Bloomberg as being “As ground-breaking as Georg Solti’s 1959-1966 Decca recording”, Melba’s era-defining Ring was produced with the support of Commonwealth Government funding through the Australia Council. The release of Götterdämmerung brings to a fiery conclusion one of the most important recording projects since the Solti/Culshaw Ring and has triumphantly realised Melba Recordings' ambition to create a contemporary recording of Wagner’s mighty musical tetralogy to match the achievements of its predecessors. The result is a Ring Cycle for the 21st Century

Download French Libretti

The full cycle is not available for download, however selected tracks as part of a 2 SACD set "RING HIGHLIGHTS" are now available.

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  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

  • Asher Fisch (Conductor)

(Refer to each opera for singers)


Please refer to each opera for Liner Notes and for the reviews.


Maria Vandamme &
Ian Perry

Sound Engineer, SACD Surround Sound Mix & Mastering

Phil Rowlands

Assistant Engineer

Craig A Greening

Location Recording Facilities

Nick Reich System Sound Pty Ltd


Ian Perry &
Phil Rowlands

Recording Location

Adelaide Festival Theatre

Recording Dates

16 November -
12 December 200

This live recording is dedicated to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, the Founding Benefactor of the Melba Foundation.

This recording was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body