Opera of the Month – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is a show that has it all - love, drama and the comic element are perfectly combined in this opera written and composed by Richard Wagner. You now have the chance to watch the opera at the Royal Opera House between the 11th and 31st of March 2017.

Wagner’s opera was first performed in 1868 in Munich and is commonly known as one of the longest shows performed, since it consists of 3 acts and usually takes around 4 hoursThe story begins in mid 16th century when artist Walther falls in love with Eva. Her strict father wants her to marry someone from the Mastersingers’ Club and Walther is now faced with a challenge. Will he be able to defeat his rival, Sixtus, and win the Mastersingers’ competition or will the drama and difficulties crush his dream?

Even though the plot was drafted in 1845, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is really an opera of our times. According to Director Kasper Holten“Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is about the tension between the new and old, it's about the tension between populism and elitism. It's about a lot of things that preoccupy us in the world right now. We've set the production in a gentlemen's club, like they only exist in London. Women are not allowed in this club but one, the daughter of one of the masters, is to be put forward as a prize in a competition for a man to win”.

Through this opera, Wagner investigates the nature of art. Strong characters facing love and drama trying to achieve their dreams. The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is a glorious and profound comedy written to make you laugh and move you at the same time. Is this show real life transformed into art, a fight between tradition and innovation? If you attend the show, we’d be more than happy to hear your thoughts on our twitter page.