Peter Bassett is an author, speaker, and broadcaster on opera, particularly the works of Richard Wagner. Since the 1990s he has been closely associated with Wagnerian productions in Australia, notably as Dramaturg and Artistic Administrator for the Adelaide Ring of 2004, and his doctoral thesis was on the production and staging of the South Australian Rings of 1998 and 2004 and Parsifal of 2001. In an earlier life he served for two decades in the Australian diplomatic service and subsequently as chief of staff to two Governors of South Australia. His publications include: The Nibelung’s Ring, Wagner’s Parsifal – The Journey of a Soul, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and 1813 – Wagner & Verdi. For Decca, he recorded a 4-CD set Der Ring des Nibelungen - Explorations. All are available in the San Francisco Opera Shop.