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English-speaking audiences have always found Die Meistersinger to be a life-enhancing celebration of wisdom, art and song. So it proves in David McVicar's production – the first at Glyndebourne – which is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood. At the centre of a true ensemble cast is Gerald Finley, a 'gleamingly sung', 'eminently believable' Sachs (The Independent on Sunday), supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which, like McVicar's production, uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to bring sharp focus to bear on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.
This is a rare opportunity to get acquainted with one of the greatest works in the operatic repertoire on two successive nights — in a much-acclaimed production from Glyndebourne.
Read the synopsis in English here.
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Because of the opera’s length, we screened Acts I & II on 9 November and Act III on 10 November. Several Jury members saw both parts, but it must be admitted that quite a few found the first two acts rather long, although they were greatly impressed by some of the exquisitely beautiful moments they contained. Act III was found to be much more enjoyable, particularly with so much imaginative and colourful activity on stage.
We are really very fortunate to have the possibility of getting to know a work of this stature (and length!) in our own home theatres — particularly when we have such an accomplished production as this one in our collections. It takes time to get to know and appreciate Wagner—and with the possibility of watching and re-watching one Act at a time, we can appreciate more of the subtleties and details that could never be appreciated during a single four and a half hour performance from an “average” seat in the house….
I felt that in several parts of Acts I and II the singers were rather overpowered by the orchestra. Sachs (Gerald Finley) dominated the production throughout with his excellent singing and acting. I also very much liked the performance and acting of the apprentice. The conclusion was very enjoyable, making this a splendid production overall. Congratulations to Glyndebourne !!!
Belle mise en scène et ambiance des chœurs dans la dernière scéne. Sachs (Gerald Finley) très émouvant et expressif. Mise en images excellent.
After having been a little disappointed by the first two acts, I completely changed my opinion once I had seen Act III and could appreciate the work as a whole. A real delight, excellent production with fine singing and superb staging.
Un spectacle qui est devenu très vivant dans la deuxième partie (Acte III)’. J’ai apprécié le jeu des artistes en tant qu’acteurs et chanteurs ainsi que la beauté des décors, costumes et mise en scène, le tout digne de tableaux de maitre. Bravo !!!
Having only seen Act III, the length of the opera seemed perfect ! I particularly admired the acting during the orchestral interludes—as well as the appropriately lavish scenes of rejoicing with so much business going on including the circus acts! Seeing this on the big screen gave us a splendid opportunity of discovering all the details of the action that would be missed in if you were actually in the theatre…
Excellente mise en scène, difficile de faire mieux ! Les chanteurs étaient superbes avec de très beaux moments dans la mise en scène, qui était tout à fait à l’hauteur de la musique de Wagner.
Difficult to do any better than this! Orchestral playing very fine — the singers also although sometimes they did seem to be overpowered by the orchestra.
J’ai retrouvé tous les accents de Wagner, dans cette musique (dans le 3eme Acte) souvent plus enlevée, plus forte et plus brillante.
I had a strong preference for Act III, which was much more lively than the previous two. Furthermore, the balance between the voices and orchestra seemed better than in Acts I & II. I was very pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of the celebration in Act III, which was in contrast with so much of Wagner’s other work.
Singing / performance: A-
HDVD production: A-
Overall ranking: A-
Acts 1 & 2