JWG (jwg) wrote,

Die Meistersinger

We went to see Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg last night. It was the HD encore performance of Saturday's Met performance. It was a splendid production with some very fine singing. SIx hours including intermissions. And you get to see them constructing/changing the set during the intermissions. I prepared by reading the synopsis several times ahead of time (and we heard some of it on the radio on Saturday). WIth the words displayed on the screen it was easy to get all the nuances of the story.

One surprising thing was that in this huge theatre (AMC Revere) there were only about a dozen viewers. I also noted that there were a few empty seats in the Met.

It is really a brilliant work. Some aspects of the plot are somewhat Wagner self-referential since it is about a singing contest and judgement of adherence to musical standards.
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