For the first time in 7 years, the superb comedy of the composer and screenwriter Richard Wagner has returned to the Metropolitan opera with the Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Metropolitan opera

As one of the longest-running operas, it is only natural that the award-winning conductor Sir Antonio Pappano will step up. He will lead the Metropolitan Opera on this journey. Following her ecstatic performance in the Metropolitan Star live concert, the sensational soprano Lise Davidsen returns as Eva.

Plot

The story takes place in Nuremberg in the middle of the 16th century, when it was a free imperial city. The story revolves around an association of musicians and amateur poets. The association is called the Meistersinger (Master Singer) Guild. Michael Volle plays the historical character, Hans Sachs. He is one of the most famous figures in the Meistersinger guild. This is Wagner’s only comedy opera, and the only opera based entirely on an original story!

Creative

Wagner’s wonderful comedy made its debut on the Metropolitan stage for the first time in seven years. Antonio Pappano conducts an unparalleled cast. It is led by the famous baritone Michael Volle, as the wise shoemaker Hans Sachs and the sensational soprano Liz Lise Davidsen-returning triumphantly after her acclaimed company debut in 2019-plays Eva. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle join them as Walther von Stolzing and Beckmesser.

James Levine leads the interpretation of Wagner’s epic comedy. The baritone Michael Wall plays Hans Sachs, the shoemaker poet at the heart of this story about love, art, youth, and age. Johan Botha, who leads the Wagner tenor, is a young knight, Walther von Stolzing. His new idea overturned the traditional way of traditional singers. And Annette Dasch sang for his beloved girl, Eva. Her hands have been promised to the winner of the singing contest. Johannes Martin Kränzle as the pedantic town clerk Beckmesser, Hans-Peter König as Pogner, Eva’s father, and Paul Appleby as David, Sachs’s apprentice complete the stellar cast.

Credits: newyorkcitytheater.com; Metropolitan opera official website

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