Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Wagner

Sebastian Weigle, Katharina Wagner – Charles Reid (Kunz Vogelgesang), Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther von Stolzing) – Bayreuther Festspielhaus

Katharina Wagner stages The Mastersingers of Nuremberg in Bayreuth.

The young knight Walther von Stolzing (Klaus Florian Vogt) is in love with the young Eva Pogner (Michaela Kaune), who loves him in return, but is promised to the future winner of a singing contest held the next day. Walter tries as quickly as he can to learn the rules of composition, but on the day of the contest he is booed by the jury ...

The Mastersingers is an expression of the endless quarrel between the Ancients (Die Meistersinger, who deeply want to keep the present rules of composition) and modern (embodied by the cobbler Hans Sachs and the young Stolzing). The peculiarity of this stage direction is that Katharina Wagner wants to make Sixtus Beckmesser (Michael Volle) friendly, because he is really humiliated through the opera.

Unique comic drama ever composed by Wagner, The Mastersingers fits perfectly to the colorful staging imagined by the young Katharina Wagner, great granddaughter of the composer and co-director of the Festival Bayreuth. In 2007, this production opened the 96th edition of the Bayreuth Festival, and was played the following summer of 2008, time of this recording.

Photo ©: Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH/Enrico Nawrath

In the press:

Bayreuth's Festspielhaus has probably never heard so much laughter.

Katharina Wagner
Tilo Steffens set designer, costume designer
Michaela Barth costumes
Robert Sollich dramaturgy

Sebastian Weigle music director
Das Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Der Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele
Der Sonderchor der Bayreuther Festspiele
Die Statisterie der Bayreuther Festspiele
Eberhard Friedrich chorus master

Franz Hawlata (Hans Sachs)
Artur Korn (Veit Pogner)
Charles Reid (Kunz Vogelgesang)
Rainer Zaun (Konrad Nachtigall)
Michael Volle (Sixtus Beckmesser)
Markus Eiche (Fritz Kothner)
Edward Randall (Balthasar Zorn)
Hans-Jürgen Lazar (Ulrich Eisslinger)
Stefan Heibach (Augustin Moser)
Martin Snell (Hermann Ortel)
Andreas Macco (Hans Schwarz)
Diógenes Randes (Hans Foltz)
Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther von Stolzing)
Norbert Ernst (David)
Michaela Kaune (Eva)
Carola Guber (Magdalene)
Friedemann Röhlig (A Nightwatchman)

Movie director : Andreas Morell
Playlists : Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler, The Greatest Voices
Musical period : Romantic music
Music genres : Voice, Opera

Duration : 04 h 37 min
Location : Bayreuther Festspielhaus (Bayreuth, Germany)
Recording date : 27/07/2008
Production date : 2008
Production : © United Motion KG
Available version(s) : DE ST EN, DE ST FR, DE ST ES

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