We had a fantastic time at the Final Countdown to the Ring, and we hope that everyone enjoyed listening to the broadcast. 3MBS, 5MBS and Fine Music FM simulcast the event, with Artsound Canberra and 4MBS to broadcast hilights soon.
Here are some photographs of what was a very hot and fun filled day.
We began the set-up in the wee hours of Sunday morning – this is at about 6:30am. L-R: Peter Holmes, Cameron Paine and Nick Simpson.
Margot Costanzo and Frank Prain took the first shift, chatting with Professor Heath Lees…
and Dr. Kerry Murphy
Then we streamed Opera Australia’s ‘Insight Talk’ from the State theatre, and the production team had a moment to breathe. L-R: Jess Pantou, Cameron Paine, Nick Simpson and Sam Johnstone.
Adele Schonhardt (above) and Ruth Rentschler (below) got into the swing of things with our ‘design a Wagner helmet’ activity table. A big thanks to Adele, Jane O’Callahan and Helen Laffin for their help on the day!
As did Peter Bandy when he was interviewed by Nigel Simpson and Loretto Perkins about his involvement in the Countdown to the Ring series.
Little Richard’s helmet was probably the coolest!
Loretto and Nigel were delighted to speak with Melbourne Ring Cycle benefactor Maureen Wheeler…
And joint concertmasters of the Melbourne Ring Orchestra: Aubrey Murphy and Roger Jonsson.
Loretto was a star and took on a double shift in the now quite warm broadcast tent (Little Richard was there all day!)
Loretto was joined by Doug Beecroft for the final shift, and they spoke with the lovely, talented and hilarious Jacqui Dark, (who provided the ‘Ring In’ segment in the Countdown to the Ring series, and sings the parts of Fricka and 2nd Norn in the Melbourne Ring Cycle).
They were then joined by Australia’s superstar soprano, Nance Grant and Leslie Bawden – member of the Wagner Society, Ring Cycle veteran and self confessed ‘ring nut’.
Doug brought out his own ‘Tarnhelm’, which was very impressive…
And came in handy when drawing the audience prize of a deluxe box set of the Solti Ring cycle recordings (which was won by Jacqui Dark – a happy coincidence – it was all above board, we assure you!)
A great day was had by all – thanks to everyone who listened, came to the broadcast, and helped make The Final Countdown to the Ring possible!