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About Mastersingers of Nuremburg
Richard Wagner after various historical and literary sources
7 February – 10 March | 8 performances | Running time: 5hrs 40mins
ENO’s first new production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg since 1984 will be a significant event. From the ever-popular overture’s magisterial opening bars, Wagner’s score is conceived on a truly epic scale and is full of glorious melodies, stirring choruses and thrilling orchestration, which reveal the composer at the height of his powers. It will be a major company ensemble piece of the first order.
Originally created for WNO, Richard Jones’s Mastersingers comes to ENO in a re-imagined form designed for the scale of the London Coliseum stage. Jones provides a characteristically witty and clear retelling of Wagner’s drama about the 16th Century guild of amateur poets and musicians (the Mastersingers), in which the tension between creativity and conformity is played out in a society obsessed with rules and regulations.
An exceptional cast has been assembled under ENO Music Director Edward Gardner. Leading Wagnerian bass-baritone Iain Paterson sings his first Sachs, following on from his success as Wotan at the 2013 BBC Proms, while the brilliant singing-actor Andrew Shore, whose ENO triumphs range from Donizetti to Britten, makes his stage role debut as Beckmesser.