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.
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.
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.
|Revival Director||Dan Dooner|
|Set Designer||Mia Stensgaard|
|Costume Designer||Anja Vang Kragh|
|Lighting Designer||Jesper Kongshaug|
|Assistant Director||Matthew Barclay|
|Walther von Stolzing||Stefan Vinke|
|Hans Sachs||James Johnson|
|Sixtus Beckmesser||Warwick Fyfe|
|Veit Pogner||Daniel Sumegi|
|Fritz Kothner||Luke Gabbedy|
|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|
Running time: approximately 6 hours, including two intervals.
Performed in German with English surtitles.