Who will be Meister­singer 2018

The singing competition, "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg", is aimed at singers, who already have professional experience, or are enrolled at a music conservatory.

The second international singing competition “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” (master singers of Nuremberg) will take place in Summer 2018 after the great success of its first edition in 2016. This new competition attracted enormous interest the first time, when over 500 singers took part and we were able to listen to nearly half of them live in the international preliminary rounds in Toronto, Moscow, Stockholm, Paris, Hamburg and Nuremberg. The top 80 were then invited to Nuremberg to participate in the actual competition to win the coveted award in front of the high-calibre jury and an enthusiastic audience.

The competition, which is funded exclusively by patrons, sponsors and supporters, is international and, with the second focus on the German subject, certainly plugs a gap in the competition landscape. The expert judging panel, led by the famous Wagnerian tenor Professor Siegfried Jerusalem, will guarantee the quality of the competitors.

The festive final and the award ceremony with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Nuremberg State Philharmonic), which is conducted by Marcus Bosch, the General Music Director, will be held in the opera house and is open to the public. To top the event off in splendid style, a free open-air-concert featuring all the prize-winners and the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg will take place on 26th July 2018 in the main square in the heart of the Meistersinger city, in cooperation with the cultural department of the city of Nuremberg. “This event is win-win for everyone, and we can really use the “Meistersinger” image to showcase Nuremberg’s high level of culture. The competition also highlights the great ability and flexibility of the Staatsphilharmonie and the opera house, and once again emphasises the city’s role as a major cultural destination.” (Nürnberger Nachrichten)

Have a look back to the contest 2016.

Impressionen des Finales 2016


Dr. Ulrich Maly, Mayor of Nuremberg

The Jury

A distinguished international jury has been put together for the "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 2018" singing competition; the president of the jury is Professor Siegfried Jerusalem.

President of the jury

Artistic Director of the Young Artists Program, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Honorary Director of the Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg, Casting Consultant

Director General of Teatro Comunale di Bologna

General Manager Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf

Chairman of the Richard-Wagner-Verband (Richard Wagner Association), Nuremberg

President of Warner Classics, Paris

Opera manager / great-granddaughter of Richard

Artistic Director Dortmund Opera

Artistic Director of the Nuremburg National Theatre


Overall Category:

1st Prize: 10.000 EUR Stadt Nürnberg
2nd Prize: 6.000 EUR GfK (consumer research association)
3rd Prize: 4.000 EUR Private Sponsor

German Category:

1st Prize: 10.000 EUR Damenclub zur Förderung der Oper Nürnberg e. V.
2nd Prize: 6.000 EUR Marcel and Marco Megerle
3rd Prize: 4.000 EUR KPMG Bayerische Treuhandgesellschaft

Sponsored Prize Freunde der Staatsoper Nürnberg e.V

Richard-Wagner-Verband Nürnberg Prize

Audience Prize

Young Artist Prize

International Pre-Selections

International pre-selections for the singing contest "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" 2018 will take place in selected locations in North and South America and Europe between February and April 2018. Current pre-selections are planned in:

Paris: 13th/14th February 2018

Hamburg: 21st/22nd February2018

Toronto: 8th/9th March 2018

Nuremberg: 22nd/23rd/24th March 2018

Moscow: 27th March2018

Stockholm: 19th/20th April 2018

Bologna: 23rd/24th April 2018

(Dates are subject to changes.)

Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm
Royal Swedish Opera


Canadian Opera company, Toronto
Canadian Opera company


Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre


Laeiszhalle, Hamburg


Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées


Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Teatro Comunale di Bologna