The design was created in the Wagner jewellery workshop in close collaboration with the Vienna State Opera. The aim was to “translate” both the external appearance and the internal space of the Vienna State Opera into a high quality item of jewellery. This is why the facade of the Vienna State Opera was engraved in the carnelian, and the boxes, together with the president’s box, in the inside of the 18 carat gold ring. The folds of the red stage curtains of the Vienna State Opera are incorporated into the reverse of the carnelian. The ring is produced individually for each honorary member in the Wagner jewellery workshop, and signed with the blue Wagner sapphire.
Bearers of the ring of honour of the Vienna State Opera are: Professor Norbert Balatsch (Chorus Director), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass), Kammersänger Franz Grundheber (Baritone), Ioan Holender (Director of the Vienna State Opera upto 2010), Professor Marco Arturo Marelli (Regisseur), Kammersänger Thomas Moser (Tenor), Leo Nucci (Baritone), Seiji Ozawa (Conductor and Composer), Peter Schneider (Conductor), Neil Shicoff (Tenor) and Dr. Georg Springer (Managing Director of Bundestheater-Holding).