Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

In his comic masterpiece, Wagner set aside gods and goddesses to tell a touchingly human story about the power of art. When an impetuous young singer arrives in a proud German city determined to dazzle the townsfolk and win the love of a beautiful woman, his attempts to prove himself find sympathy in a wise cobbler-poet.

Music and Libretto by Richard Wagner

Sung in German with English supertitles


A young arrival to a new city, in pursuit of winning a singing competition as well as a beautiful woman, finds sympathy in a wise cobbler-poet.

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Cast & Creative

Hans Sachs James Rutherford
Walther von Stolzing Brandon Jovanovich
Eva Rachel Willis-Sørensen*
Magdalene Sasha Cooke
David Alek Shrader
Sixtus Beckmesser Martin Gantner *
Veit Pogner Ain Anger *
Fritz Kothner Philip Horst
Kunz Vogelgesang AJ Glueckert
Balthasar Zorn Joel Sorensen
Augustin Moser Corey Bix
Ulrich Eisslinger Joseph Hu*
Konrad Nachtigall Sam Handley*
Hans Schwarz Anthony Reed
Hermann Ortel Edward Nelson
A night watchman Andrea Silvestrelli
Hans Foltz Matthew Stump
An apprentice Laurel Porter


November 18, 21, 24, 27
December 2, 6

Conductor Sir Mark Elder *
Production Sir David McVicar
Revival Co-Director Marie Lambert*
Revival Co-Director Ian Rutherford*
Production Designer Vicki Mortimer*
Lighting Designer Paule Constable*
Associate Lighting Designer Jeremy Turnbull*
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreography Andrew George*
Revival Choreographer Colm Seery *
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Previous performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg can be found in our Archive.

Program Articles

Beyond the Revolution

Author Thomas May explores the origins and history behind Wagner's only mature comic opera.

Director's Note

Die Meistersinger director Sir David McVicar discusses why he updated Wagner's opera to the 19th century.

Conductor's Note

What makes Die Meistersinger so enduring? Sir Mark Elder, music director of the Hallé Orchestra, explains.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund and The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund. Ms. Cooke's and Mr. Shrader’s appearances are made possible by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Fund. Mr. Rutherford’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund from Joan and David Traitel.

Photo (top): Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg/Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago