A once in a lifetime event…


It’s finally here!

Tonight we open Mariinsky Theatre’s epic scale production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the first in four operas, Das Rheingold.

Over the next five days this huge undertaking will see over 250 cast members, crew and orchestra, all of whom have flown over from St. Petersburg, take to the Hippodrome stage.

The huge sets for this rare event have taken over the theatre, even requiring a special marquee on the back scenic dock to hold an overflow of gigantic statues and relics used in the production.

Take a look at backstage shots as we prepare for this very special event…


Experience a once in a lifetime event for a fraction of the cost…

This November, Birmingham Hippodrome will present a once in a lifetime event as Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev with his world-famous Mariinsky Opera makes its Birmingham Hippodrome debut with four performances over five nights; more than 250 artists will travel from St Petersburg to Birmingham, along with 10 trucks of scenery for this large scale undertaking.

To allow as many people as possible to enjoy this special event Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to announce 100 tickets per opera will be made available on a ballot basis at just £30 each (plus 5% transaction charge), representing a discount of up to 85% on some tickets.

Applicants are asked to email ringcycleballot@birminghamhippodrome.com with their full name, contact phone number, address and the best time to be contacted by Wednesday 29 October. Successful ticket applicants will be drawn at random and contacted by phone by Birmingham Hippodrome for payment in advance following the deadline. (Terms and conditions apply*)

Die Walkure

Die Walkure

This ballot for the Ring Cycle has been made possible because of BP’s support for the Mariinsky visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. Peter Charow, BP’s vice president for Russia said: “We are very pleased to help bring this great opera to Birmingham as part of our longstanding support of the Mariinsky Theatre.”

Mariinsky Theatre’s presentation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle runs at Birmingham Hippodrome Wed 5 – Sun 9 November 2014 with the following four opera performance schedule:

Wednesday 5 November 2014 – Das Rheingold – 7.30pm
Thursday 6 November 2014 – Die Walküre – 5pm
Saturday 8 November 2014 – Siegfried – 5pm
Sunday 9 November 2014 – Götterdämmerung – 5pm

* Terms & Conditions:
No refunds, transfers or exchanges;
Tickets can only be used by named applicant;
Tickets void if resold for profit.
Successful applicants only collect tickets with ID on the night.
This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or applied retrospectively.
Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev

From Cape Town to Birmingham…

Angela Kerrison who plays the role of Julie in Cape Town Opera’s upcoming production of Show Boat blogs about travelling over to the UK and being a mother on the road…

I have been performing with Cape Town Opera for about 15 years now, joining back when it first began. I graduated from the University of Cape Town having studied Opera Performance and I saw my first opera at Artscape in Cape Town when I was 18… and now I perform there!

Angela Kerrison and Baby Nia

Angela Kerrison and Baby Nia

Cape Town Opera has given me a wealth of performance opportunities. I would not be the performer I am today without their involvement, help and support.

My husband and I are also proud parents of a 10 month old baby girl, Nia who was born in August of last year. So far she’s had three long haul flights to date and three shorter flights, luckily she travels well. I simply could not stop singing so I chose to combine being a mum with performing.

When I got the offer to revisit the role of Julie and tour the UK I couldn’t say no. My husband and I have a lot of organising to do ahead of my visit, mainly making sure the baby will be taken care of. For the rehearsals in Cape Town I had my mum fly down for 10 days, my husband took over for the next 10 days and my sister and her family drove down from Gaborone, Botswana to help out as well. Thankfully, it all went really smoothly and Nia was surrounded by family all the time.

I will be bringing baby Nia with me to the UK; my husband is with us for the first week in Birmingham, then my mum- who lives in Botswana- will be with us for the rest of the run.

I think being a mum makes it easier to be a little gentler on yourself. As a performer, you strive for some idea of perfection- impossible as that may be. As a mum you live in the moment; every day being different. I accept that things happen, people are different every day and I just go with the flow.

My dad was born in London and this is the first time I will be performing in a show in the UK, having my dad and family see me on stage is going to be wonderful!

For more information on Cape Town Opera’s Show Boat click here.