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The Master-
singers of
Nuremberg

Closed
Previous run
23. May 2020

Cancelled

We cancel all performances, concerts and other public activities until further notice. The foyer is also closed, including our cafe and restaurant.
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Song contest

After falling in love with Eva, Walther finds out that she has been promised to the winner of the master singers’ song contest. Walther is determined to win, but must first be accepted into the guild. He sings beautifully, but violates all the rules of the master singers and is refused membership. This leads Walther to scorn the old-fashioned group, particularly the nit-picky judge Sixtus Beckmesser, who is personally bent on winning Eva’s hand. An older master singer, Hans Sachs, helps Walther write a new song, which is performed with more feeling than ever before heard ...   

A serious comedy

Unlike many of Wagner’s other operas, The Master Singers of Nuremberg is not about gods or sorceresses, but everyday people. It is often described as Wagner’s only comical opera. But even though the opera is lighthearted, clever and optimistic, there is an underlying sense of seriousness and melancholy. 

Successful production to be performed in Oslo

Director Richard Jones succeeds in bringing out the humorous and surrealistic aspects of the piece, while at the same time portraying the various characters in Nuremberg with warmth and understanding. The production has enjoyed resounding success in several British opera houses. The Telegraph has called it “A total triumph”, while The Guardian acclaimed it for its “sharp focus, humour and inspiration”. 

Social criticism

The Master Singers of Nuremberg deals with a theme that is popular with Wagner: What does it mean to be a member of society or a nation? What about those who do not fit in? Should they be forced to be like us or should we tolerate the fact that they are different? In this sense, Wagner’s opera from 1868 – with a story that takes place in the 1500s – poses questions that are highly relevant today.

Tradition and renewal

The Master Singers of Nuremberg is also an opera that celebrates the important role of art, especially music, in society. It ends in a tribute to German culture, which has contributed to giving it a complicated history, from the premiere performance to this very day. It was, for instance, Hitler’s favourite opera. But, at the same time, The Master Singers of Nuremberg is about reconciliation and about the relationship between tradition (represented by the master singers) and innovation (represented by Walther’s new song and style). Wagner’s masterpiece points out that we are standing on the shoulders of giants while reaching out to the future.

Production from the English National Opera

  • Première discussion
  • Free introduction one hour before the performance

 

 

Artistic team and roles

  • Music and libretto
    Richard Wagner
  • Original title
    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Conductor
    Erik Nielsen
  • Director
    Richard Jones
  • Set design
    Paul Steinberg
  • Costumes
    Buki Shiff
  • Lighting design
    Mimi Jordan Sherin
  • Performers
    The Opera Chorus, The Opera Orchestra
Roles
    • Magdalena
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Konrad Nachtigall
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Fritz Kothner
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Augustin Moser
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Walther von Stolzing
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Hans Foltz
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Hans Sachs
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Balthasar Zom
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Kunz Vogelgesang
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Hermann Ortel
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Eva
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • David
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Sixtus Beckmesser
        • 11. May 2020 17:00
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • En Vekter
    • Ulrich Eisslinger
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Veit Pogner
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00
    • Hans Schwarz
        • 16. May 2020 15:00
        • 19. May 2020 17:00
        • 23. May 2020 17:00