Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Arts Centre Melbourne, State TheatreNovember 13 – 22, 2018
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Tue 13.11.18
4:00 PM
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Sat 17.11.18
12:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us at the Arts Centre 45 minutes before this performance, when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera.  Held in the Stalls Foyer near Door 2 of the State Theatre, this informal, informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Mon 19.11.18
4:00 PM
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Thu 22.11.18
4:00 PM
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New production

Wagner’s beloved comedy takes a joyful look at the art of music itself: what is wrong, what is right, and who decides.

The mastersingers are holding a high-stakes singing competition, and Walther needs to win. He’s an outsider, an upstart, and he doesn’t know the rules. But to win the hand of his beloved Eva, he must sing the greatest song ever made.

Enter Hans Sachs: mastersinger, cobbler, and the beating human heart of this opera. He offers the newcomer all his warmth and wisdom, knowing it will cost his own chance at love. 

Hans Sachs is a prized tour de force for a baritone with a rich voice and absorbing stage presence. James Johnson leads a huge, exciting cast including Stefan Vinke, Warwick Fyfe and Natalie Aroyan.

After his triumphs with the Ring Cycle, Pietari Inkinen returns to Australia to conduct the magnificent score. Hear the Wagnerian forces of Orchestra Victoria and special guests in these performances, exclusive to Melbourne.

Kasper Holten’s extravagant staging for the Royal Opera House celebrates change: how the deepest of traditions can give way to something powerful and new. The sets and costumes are elaborate and spectacular.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a glowing testament to the wonder of human artistry.


The rhythm of life skips a beat when young Walther waltzes in to the mastersingers’ guild of Nuremberg.

There are rules in art, and in love, but Walther is breaking all of them in search of the greatest prize of all.

Soon, the very fabric of society frays under his melodious assault.

Interval dining at Arts Centre Melbourne

A couple dines at Arts Centre Melbourne before the operaLet us make it easy for you with a lunch or dinner reservation—timed perfectly for interval—at The Pavilion at Arts Centre Melbourne. You'll be served a themed set menu, including matched wine. Matinee and evening options available. View the menu.

Simply add the dining option to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, sign in to your account to add dinner to your existing booking or call 03 9685 3700.

Travelling to Melbourne?

Make the most of your visit with Renaissance Tours’ exclusive four-day performance and accommodation packages with tickets to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Enjoy three nights’ accommodation in a conveniently-located hotel, a pre-performance talk with international Wagner expert Prof. Heath Lees and a choice of stimulating day-trips to museums, galleries and historic estates.

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Conductor Pietari Inkinen
Director Kasper Holten
Revival Director Dan Dooner
Set Designer Mia Stensgaard
Costume Designer Anja Vang Kragh
Lighting Designer Jesper Kongshaug
Choreographer Signe Fabricius
Assistant Director Matthew Barclay
Eva Natalie Aroyan
David Medet Chotabaev
Magdalene Dominica Matthews
Walther von Stolzing Stefan Vinke
Hans Sachs James Johnson
Sixtus Beckmesser Warwick Fyfe
Veit Pogner Daniel Sumegi
Fritz Kothner Luke Gabbedy
Nightwatchman Adrian Tamburini
Kunz Vogelgesang John Longmuir
Balthasar Zorn Nicholas Jones
Augustin Moser Kanen Breen
Ulrich Eisslinger Graeme Macfarlane
Konrad Nachtigall Andrew Jones
Hermann Ortel Michael Honeyman
Hans Foltz Gennadi Dubinsky
Hans Schwartz Richard Anderson

Opera Australia Chorus

Orchestra Victoria

Running time: approximately 6 hours, including two intervals.

Performed in German with English surtitles.

Production Partner

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A co-production between Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Australia, and The National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing. 

Let us make it easy for you with interval dining at Arts Centre Melbourne

Allow us to make your dinner reservation, timed perfectly for interval (evening performances): 7pm at The Pavilion in the Arts Centre Melbourne. You'll be served a themed three-course set menu for just $110, including matched wine.

Enjoy lunch during interval (matinee performance): 3pm at The Pavilion. You'll be served a themed two-course set menu for just $80, with main and dessert, including a glass of wine.

Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.

Dinner only, not available at lunch

Smoked duck breast salad served with witlof, radish and orange.

Smoked duck breast salad served with witlof, radish and orange
a glass of Domain Chandon NV, Yarra Valley, on arrival


Dinner and lunch

Pan-fried chicken fillet with German potato rosti, butter green vegetable and sorrel sauce
+ a glass of Banks Road Chardonnay, Bellarine Peninsula

Dinner and lunch

Black forest gateau served with a cherry compote.

Black forest gâteau served with a cherry compote
+ tea or filtered coffee


Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, please send us an email after booking.

Published menu is subject to change without notice. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. This menu is available before performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
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