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Opera Guide: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is the only comedy among Richard Wagner’s mature works. Unusually for Wagner, it is set in a historically specific time and place, sixteenth-century Nuremberg, and tells of a song contest among the town’s guildsmen. Conceived on a grand scale, reunciation and passionate love as Wagner’s other major music dramas. The finely drawn humanity of its principal characters and the brilliance of its musical invention make it one of the most rewarding operas in the repertory.

In this guide John Deathridge illuminates hitherto neglected areas of the opera's background, and Arnold Whittall provides a detailed musical commentary. Tim Blanning reveals some of the work's roots in the thinking and poetry of Friedrich Schiller, Hans Rudolf Vaget explores the extent to which Wagner's virulent anti-Semitism may be said to be present in the opera, and Áine Sheil surveys its often contentious performance history, with particular reference to productions in Germany.

The guide also includes the full libretto with English translation by Peter Branscombe. There are twenty-nine illustrations, a musical thematic guide, a discography, a bibliography and DVD and website guides.

Overture Opera Guide
Composer: Richard Wagner
Opera: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 335
Size: 13x19.5x2.5 cm