DIE MEISTERSINGER

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Start: 8:00 PM

Opera in three acts by Richard Wagner (Salzburg Festival 2013, Großes Festspielhaus – in German). A co-production by UNITEL, ORF and ZDF/3sat

Michael Volle as mastersinger Hans Sachs
Michael Volle as mastersinger Hans Sachs
The genesis of Wagner’s Meistersinger took place in the context of the rediscovery of the middle ages during the 19th century, when the great works of medieval literature were remembered and the Germans sought a glorious past there. The romantics had already discovered Nuremberg as a place of longing. Wagner meant to continue this tradition, but the opera morphed into something quite different as he worked on it: it became an object lesson on the role of art in society. All the strains of the action are held together by art. It is the vital centrepiece of the work: its rules are the rules of life, and whoever succeeds in the arts ensures social success. Social rank follows artistic achievement. In 1880, Wagner wrote that he hoped for an "aesthetic world order". In the Nuremberg of the Meistersinger, it is anticipated.

Cast

Conductor: Daniele Gatti Director: Stefan Herheim Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Duration: ca. 280 minutes Featuring: Anna Gabler (Eva), Michael Volle (Sachs), Roberto Saccà (Stolzing), Markus Werba (Beckmesser), Peter Sonn (David)