Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Arts Centre Melbourne, State TheatreNovember 13 – 22, 2018
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.

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
Magdalene Dominica Matthews
Walther von Stolzing Stefan Vinke
David David Portillo
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.

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