The Mariinsky Theatre Trust is grateful to BP for its ten-year support of the Mariinsky UK touring programme. This partnership builds on the strong relationship already established between BP Russia and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and forms part of BP's cultural programme in the UK.

Birmingham Hippodrome, in association with the Mariinsky Theatre Trust, will present Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle conducted by Valery Gergiev with his world-famous Mariinsky Opera

DAS RHEINGOLD – Wednesday 5 November 2014
DIE WALKÜRE – Thursday 6 November 2014
SIEGFRIED – Saturday 8 November 2014
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG – Sunday 9 November 2014


“This promises to be one of the hottest opera tickets of next year in Britain, so book as soon as you can.”
Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now


GdungFrom the world’s beginning to its cataclysmic end: in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Richard Wagner forged a myth for his own time and ours, and created a totally immersive musical and dramatic event.

The Ring is a tale of gods and heroes, dwarves and giants – yet its characters are driven by passions that are all too human. The theft of magical gold from the depths of the River Rhine and its forging into the Ring sets in train the story of a world corrupted by greed and the lust for power that may only be redeemed, finally, by an act of selfless love.

To convey this epic tale, Wagner composed music of overwhelming power and beauty. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that almost every film score ever written owes something to Wagner’s approach to The Ring. From the mysterious opening that sets the waters of the Rhine and the story in motion, to the thunderous Ride of the Valkyries, to love music that can be inexpressibly tender or shockingly erotic, to the thrilling climax of the whole cycle, when one world ends and another begins – this is the journey of a lifetime.

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Production photos © N.Razina