The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg ("The Master-Singers of Nuremberg") is a music drama (or opera) in three acts, written and composed by Richard Wagner. It is among the longest operas commonly performed, usually taking around four and a half hours. It was first performed at the Königliches Hof- und National-Theater, today the home of the Bavarian State Opera, in Munich, on 21 June 1868. The conductor at the premiere was Hans von Bülow.
The story is set in Nuremberg in the mid-16th century. At the time, Nuremberg was a free imperial city and one of the centers of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. The story revolves around the city's guild of Meistersinger (Master Singers), an association of amateur poets and musicians who were primarily master craftsmen of various trades. The master singers had developed a craftsmanlike approach to music-making, with an intricate system of rules for composing and performing songs. The work draws much of its atmosphere from its depiction of the Nuremberg of the era and the traditions of the master-singer guild. One of the main characters, the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, is based on a historical figure, Hans Sachs (1494–1576), the most famous of the master-singers.
Performances & Interviews
- Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Opera Guidehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01v1q4p.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01v1q4p.jpg2014-03-14T11:42:00.000ZA guide to Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg featuring Wagner scholars.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01v1q57
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Opera GuideA guide to Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg featuring Wagner scholars.
- Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0556w8l.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0556w8l.jpgFrom the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a performance of Wagner's epic comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Antonio Pappano.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b08t159w
Wagner's Die Meistersinger von NürnbergFrom the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a performance of Wagner's epic comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Antonio Pappano.