Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

In November 2018, Opera Australia puts on a spectacular production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Arts Centre Melbourne.

After its triumphant Ring Cycles in 2013 and 2016, Opera Australia, in collaboration with The Royal Opera Covent Garden, will once again thrill audiences as it stages Wagner’s majestic and ever-popular comedy-drama of the craftsmen-singers of Nuremberg.

Returning from his success in the 2016 Melbourne Ring, heldentenor Stefan Vinke plays the young knight Walther von Stolzing, with James Johnson as Hans Sachs the Cobbler-Mastersinger and Medet Chotabaev as David his apprentice.

Renaissance Tours has partnered with Opera Australia and the Richard Wagner Society of Victoria to provide exclusive opera and accommodation packages for this event, including a choice of hotels, a special pre-performance talk with Prof Heath Lees, and a selection of day tours. To further enrich your experience, take the opportunity to attend optional performances by Opera Australia and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Four tour dates available12–15 November15–18 November, 
17–20 November or 20–23 November 2018

Suggested arrival in Melbourne in the early afternoon. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements. Make your way to your hotel and check in.

At 16:30, attend a welcome briefing on the programme of the tour with tour leader Heath Lees before a cocktail reception.

This evening, there is the option to attend a concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performing Dvořák’s The Noon Witch, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No 5, with Maya Kushima on violin and Karina Canellakis conducting (not included in tour price; additional cost applies).


In the morning, travel up the Yarra Valley to the Heide Museum of Modern Art, which lies within 6.5 hectares of heritage gardens and a sculpture park, and exhibits works ranging from Expressionism to contemporary art.

Continue to Coombe Estate for lunch and a tour of the historic property of Dame Nellie Melba. The estate, which is still the Australian home of Melba’s great-grandson, is famous for its elegant gardens. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon.

This evening, there is the option to attend Opera Australia’s performance of La bohème (not included in tour price; additional cost applies).


This morning, enjoy a pre-performance talk by Heath Lees at the piano, held in conjunction with the Richard Wagner Society of Victoria.

At noon, attend Opera Australia’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.


Per person twin/double sharing from

AUD 2,150

Per person single* from

AUD 2,550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 750

Tour code


The Langham, Melbourne *****
Superior Rooms
Twin/Double Sharing AUD 2,450
Single* AUD 3,000

Deluxe River Rooms
Twin/Double Sharing AUD 2,650
Single* AUD 3,175

Current Availability: rooms are currently on request for The Langham

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank ****
Guest Room
Twin/Double Sharing AUD 2,150
Single* AUD 2,550

All prices are per person, in AUD
*Single travellers may request to share. Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

01 October 2018

Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

Packages include

  • Accommodation in centrally located hotels with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception), including wines with meals
  • Premium (limited availability) or Category A tickets to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Pre-performance talk by your tour leader, Heath Lees
  • Transportation on comfortable private air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Packages do not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on tour arrival and departure
  • Airport porterage
  • Optional performances by Opera Australia and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (please enquire at time of booking)
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)

Your hotel options

The Langham, Melbourne *****
Located on Southbank Promenade, this grand hotel features an extensive array of services and facilities including Melba restaurant, Aria bar and lounge, Chuan spa, a gymnasium and swimming pool. The rooms combine classic elegance with contemporary facilities. Superior Rooms offer views of Southbank or the Bay whilst Deluxe River Rooms offer premium views of the city skyline and Yarra River. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Arts Centre Melbourne.

The Langham Hotel on Southbank

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank ****
The Travelodge Southbank offers 275 comfortable rooms, all with a kitchenette. A full buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s dining room each morning. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available and reception is open 24/7. The hotel is situated close to restaurants, cafés and bars (chargeback facilities available with some restaurants) and is a 7 minute walk from the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Travelodge Southbank