Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Premièred in 1868, this work is the composer's sole mature comic opera. Wagner, however, would not have been been being true to himself if the story of Hans Sachs, Eva Pogner and Walter von Stolzing were merely entertaining: the piece poses numerous problems, and audiences following the twists and turns of the plot will find thought-provoking questions to seek the answers to.
Although Müpa Budapest's production, premièred to tremendous acclaim in 2013, contains many novel and original scenographic moments, Michael Schulz's directing also does not deprive music-lovers expecting a theatrical production of the opera of the enjoyment of what is at heart a traditional staging. Ádám Fischer conducts Wagner's masterpiece in a way that relays the energy of the music while still sensitively treating the richness of detail and the philosophical profundity of the musical imagery. Previous performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg have left us with pleasant memories of James Rutherford's formidable Sachs, Bo Skovhus's riotous Beckmesser - one of the absolute virtuoso portrayals on the stage on those days - and Klaus Florian Vogt's dashing Walter, and now we are eagerly awaiting the return of - already familiar from her turns as Senta in Die fliegende Holländer - Elisabet Strid, this time as Eva.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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Artistic director and conductor:
Hans SachsJames Rutherford
Veit PognerGábor Bretz
Sixtus BeckmesserBo Skovhus
Fritz KothnerJürgen Linn
Walter von StolzingKlaus Florian Vogt
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)
Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)
revival directorSylvie Gábor