Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

David McVicar (stage director), Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) – With Marco Jentzsch (Walther von Stolzing), Anna Gabler (Eva), Michaela Selinger (Magdalene)...

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David McVicar — Stage director

Vicki Mortimer — Set and costume design

Paule Constable — Lighting designer

Andrew George — Choreographer

Marco Jentzsch — Walther von Stolzing

Anna Gabler — Eva

Michaela Selinger — Magdalene

Topi Lehtipuu — David

Alastair Miles — Veit Pogner

Johannes Martin Kränzle — Sixtus Beckmesser

Gerald Finley — Hans Sachs

Colin Judson — Kunz Vogelgesang

Andrew Slater — Konrad Nachtigall

Henry Waddington — Fritz Kothner

Daniel Norman — Augustin Moser

Robert Poulton — Hermann Ortel

Program notes

In “a Wagner staging to treasure” (The Sunday Telegraph), the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival brings to life the legendary German composer’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Staged by David McVicar, the production features an all-star cast of leads supported by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg tells the story of the young upstart Walther von Stolzing, who enters the singing competition of Nuremberg’s Mastersingers (the city's guild for poets and musicians) in order to win his beloved Eva. Written and composed entirely by Wagner himself, the opera premiered in Munich at the National Theater in 1868, and would prove to occupy a unique place in Wagner's œuvre: it is his only opera with a comedic tone, a happy ending, and a setting in a specific place and time rather than in a mythological world.

It was in 2011 that Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was first presented at the Glyndebourne Festival, featuring a beautiful staging (by David McVicar) that set the story post-Napoleonic Germany of the in early 19th century and recalled centuries of German artwork. A not-to-be-missed landmark production, revived by the same festival in 2016 to great acclaim!

Photo: © Alastair Muir / Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2011

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