Kasper Holten makes his farewell as The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera with Wagner’s comic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano and starring Bryn Terfel.
Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg investigates the nature of art in Wagner’s only mature comedy, and for it he created a cast of strong characters led by the cobbler Hans Sachs, inspired by the real-life 16th-century Meistersinger. Musical highlights abound: the triumphant overture, the astonishing Midsummer riot and Walther’s winning Prize Song ‘Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein’, in a celebration of the value of national culture.
The story centres around Walther who falls in love with Eva. When he discovers that she shall marry the man who wins the Mastersingers’ song competition, he determines to be that man. However, his Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther leaves full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways.
Walther attempts to elope with Eva, but their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot. Instead, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs helps Walther write a new song for the competition..
The performance lasts about 5 hours 45 minutes, including two intervals.
Sung in German with English surtitles.
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