Kosky s production of Meistersinger
is even more local, set in Bayreuth and Nuremburg to address the fraught issues around Wagner's own anti-Semitism and the Wagner-Bayreuth-Nazi axis head on.
for Nattiez's claim turns on what he believes the natives heard in the summer of 1868-or rather, in the spring of 1870, in Berlin, when Beckmesser's Serenade, at the premiere there of Die Meistersinger
, caused "whistling, yelling, inarticulate shouting, and catcalls" presumably on the part of the Jews in the audience (as Cosima reported the matter), "while others applauded" (p.
But again things go downhill with the Wagner section which, after the obligatory discussion of Rienzi, in a section titled "Spuren der Grand Opera in Wagners Musikdramen der spateren Perioden" misrepresents the issues involved in the Tannhauser debacle in Paris (103), and completely avoids any mention of Die Meistersinger
, which represents the most obvious nod to French Grand Opera despite its fervent proclamations of being "the most German of all operas" (to quote Goebbels).
The orchestra prepared the audience for a memorable night with a beautiful rendition of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger
238), und arbeitete hart an der Vollendung der Meistersinger
, von ihm als "mein Meisterwerk" bezeichnet (7.
For opera lovers, Wagner enthusiasts, students, conductors, cultural historians, and buyers and collectors of recordings, Brown, a former international lawyer and Australian diplomat who is the author of two critical discographies, surveys conductors of Richard Wagner's music, with a focus on those born in the nineteenth century; later masterworks like Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger
, the Ring, and Parsifal; and performances by conductors on their visits abroad.
Bryn's career has reached meteoric heights in recent years having starred in productions including Falstaff and Die Meistersinger
von Nrnberg and performing at top opera houses worldwide.
The February concert opens with the prelude to Wagner's Die Meistersinger
For special moments, such as the death of Siegfried in Gotterdammerung or Walther's "Prize Song" in Meistersinger
(The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), it is hard, even for the most blase and bored old-timer who has played everything, to control the emotions, so awe-inspiring is the impact of the music.
9, John Adams' concerto "The Dharma at Big Sur" and Richard Wagner's prelude to "Die Meistersinger
Wagner's comment on the unique importance of Shakespeare (to Cosima, 27 May 1882) is taken in all seriousness by Yvonne Nilges in her book, the first to cover the immense influence of Shakespeare on Wagner, from his earliest compositions (Leubald, Das Liebesverbot) through his theoretical meditations and up to the glories of Meistersinger
The theater in Dessau, which was bombed during the war and reopened under the directorship of Willi Bodenstein in 1949, had already established itself as a center for Wagner performance: Bodenstein staged Tannhauser and Der fliegende Hollander in 1950 and Die Meistersinger
and Lohengrin in 1951 and 1952, respectively.