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Online - Glyndebourne Open House: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Saturday September 5, 2020 at 17:00
Available online until
Sunday September 6, 2020
Glyndebourne YouTube channel, Lewes
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Richard Wagner

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg stands apart among Wagner’s operas. This wise and warm-hearted comedy rejects the composer’s usual gods and goddesses, magical potions and faraway lands to tell a simpler story about everyday life and people. The result is a work of tremendous humanity and truth – a musical celebration of art itself.

When a young knight arrives in the city of Nuremberg he falls immediately in love with Eva. But her hand has been promised to the winner of a singing competition, and so, with the help of the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, he sets out to win both the contest and the girl.

Described by the composer himself as ‘a grand comic opera’, Die Meistersinger combines lyrical arias and ensembles with vast choral statements to create a work of scope and intimacy, a piece that celebrates tradition while anticipating change and innovation.

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Glyndebourne’s first ever staging, starring Gerald Finley who makes his role debut as the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was captured live at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2011. It is streamed for free on the Glyndebourne website from Sunday 30 August (5pm) to Sunday 6 September (5pm).

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