JUST before writing this I happened to catch on BBC Radio 4's Desert Islands Discs a wonderful performance of Wagner's Mastersingers
Overture, full of detail, gloriously-phrased.
11 Shall We Dance concert by the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers
at Sanibel Community Church.
Apart from "Lohengrin," the playbill this year includes opera productions introduced in previous seasons: "Parsifal," conducted this time by Semyon Bychkov and staged by Uwe Eric Laufenberg; "Tristan and Isolde" under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann with stage direction by Katharina Wagner; "The Mastersingers
of Nuremberg" with conductor Philippe Jordan and staging by Barrie Kosky; "The Flying Dutchman" as interpreted by director Jan Philipp Gloger and with Axel Kober in the orchestra pit; and finally "The Valkyrie," which for the first time in festival history is being performed apart from the four-opera "Ring" cycle.
Wagner's comic opera, The Mastersingers
of Nurnberg, which is inspired by the guild of amateur poets and composers of NE-rnberg in the sixteenth century but the plot itself belongs to the composer.
At the Olivier Awards, WNO will compete with Jonas Kaufmann for Andrea Chenier and Manon Lescaut at Royal Opera House, Richard Jones for his direction of The Girl of the Golden West, The Mastersingers
of Nuremberg and Rodelinda at London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House and Early Opera Company for their off-site programme at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Roundhouse.
Concert Assabet Valley Mastersingers
present a choral setting of "The Diary of Anne Frank,'' 3:45 p.m.
He has also sung bass and played drums for the Mastersingers
for many years as well as arranging and writing for the group and, more recently, taking over the reins as joint musical director with Rob Wilding.
It depicts a guild of mastersingers
, craftsmen, who substitute technique and artifice for talent and inspiration.
Hitler's love for the work, epitomized by his identification with the character of the sensitive misunderstood (and eventually victorious) artist Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers
From Nuremberg) is a fait accompli matter in the opera's patrimony and will most likely forever encrust the works with a grimy layer of infamy.
Expected to be one of the biggest musical events of the year, the concert will see the orchestra performing Wagner's overture to "The Mastersingers
of Nuremberg" and parts from his "Tristan and Isolde" along with Sir Edward Elgar's "Symphony No.
Manfred Kraus interrogates the survival of the ancient progymnasmata system of rhetorical exercises beyond late antiquity and into the medieval classroom, while, in the final paper, Brian Taylor examines how the teachings of the German Mastersingers
in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries promoted rhetorical and poetic arts among the culturally aspiring lay urban middle classes.
The Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble under conductor Diane Retallack will showcase American choral music while the Central Oregon Mastersingers
tout the British choral style in a concert at 4 p.m.