One of the most striking moments from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, however, was based on an early masterwork from Wagner's own cannon—Tristan und Isolde...

Wagner directly quotes his own Tristan und Isolde in Act III, Scene 4 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Here, Hans Sachs tells Eva he 'knows a sad story of Tristan and Isolde.' Wagner incorporates the famous motif of longing from his previous opera.


The motif of longing, including the famous Tristan chord, excerpted from the opening of the overture to Wagner's Tristan und Isolde


The moment in act III, scene 4 from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg where Hans Sachs refers Eva to the sad tale of Tristan and Isolde. In this moment the listener can hear Wagner's motif of longing in the orchestra.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg comes to the War Memorial Opera House as part of our thrilling 2015–16 Season! Join us for this comic masterpiece!