Noel Witts - Professor of Performing Arts

Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

July 4, 2011

To Stamford Arts Centre a week ago for the five hour live feed of the new Glyndebourne production of Wagner’s only ‘comic’opera, directed by the ubiquitous David MacVicar. This was the opera that Hitler liked as it sings the praises, in its final moments, of great German art. The story – man meets woman but can only marry her if he becomes a ‘mastersinger’  and so enters the competition, only to win with his song which breaks all the rules but shows a new world. McVicar has been criticised for giving us a simple, pure, version with no Nazi salutes, and while I am all for opera directors tearing into old musical texts I found this new version, conducted by the Vladimir Jurowski, captivated me by simply telling the story that Wagner told, minus the post-war implications currently being displayed by Wagner’s great-granddaughter in her current Bayreuth production. The Guardian’s live blog from people watching the feed from all over the world was worth a look, too. Nice to know that Wagner still lives for masses of people…….there was even  one message from Africa.

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