The 106th Festival started on July 25th with a new staging of Die Meistersinger
von Nurnberg by Barrie Kosky, the Australian-born Intendant of Berlin's Komische Operand closed August 28th with the end of the five-year run of Berlin director Frank Castorfs exuberantly iconoclastic Der Ring des Nibelungen.
In chapter 11, to take one telling example, he finds it "possible to demonstrate how Die Meistersinger
von Niimberg is intentionally antisemitic from beginning lo end, as much in the dramatic action as in the music" (my emphasis) (p.
0121 345 0600 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Wagner's majestic Prelude to Die Meistersinger
raises the curtain on a whole world of sunshine, melody and romance - so it's a fitting opener for Bruch's perennially-popular First Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff's mighty Second Symphony.
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The interesting programme by Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra chief conductor Michael Sanderling began with Wagner's grand Prelude, Die Meistersinger
von Nurnberg and ended with Brahms' enigmatic Fourth Symphony.
Johannes Schild has the plum assignment of writing about the one mature comedy by each of these composers, Die Meistersinger
Other live screenings this autumn are Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro (October 18); Bizet's Carmen (November 1); Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (November 22) and Wagner's Die Meistersinger
Von Nurnberg (December 13).
But the real third character in Moses und Aron is the people, and the WNO Chorus sang Schoenberg's brutally difficult music as beautifully and meaningfully as if it was Die Meistersinger
Joseph's love of grand opera was legendary, and he was able to sing selections from Wagner's Die Meistersinger
and other operas with aplomb.
It seems appropriate that Diebes chose the prelude to Die Meistersinger
von Niirnberg as the basis of his score, for it is in the reaction to Wagner that antitheatricality becomes a constitutive part of the modernist project.
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.
That is surely the culminating, enduring meaning and insight of Meistersinger