Project: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

On April 4, 2016

Åkerlund is taking part in the production as a part of stage director David Bösch’s assistents team.

Composer: Richard Wagner. Libretto by the composer.
New production of Bayerische Staatsoper, München.
Premiere Monday 16. May 2016

Text from the Bayerische Staatsoper website:

Even during his lifetime in the 16th century he was already famous and highly regarded as a reformatory lyricist and playwright. And at least by the time Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg premiered, he had become synonymous with a certain kind of urban lifestyle: Hans Sachs is portrayed by Wagner as an ambassador for a traditional institution that, though positively viewed, is in need of reform.

In his encounter with the nobleman Walter von Stolzing, he accomplishes his actual masterpiece, in that he is able to mould Walter’s progressive, subjectivistic art into something that can be understood and accepted by all. Walter is not in the least bit interested in the tradition of the masters and is committed solely to serving his own love interests. Art for everyone! Away with the elite! No l’art pour l’art! And yet Sachs’s endeavours are dangerous: His message, “Do not deride the masters!” always threatens to leave a bitter aftertaste: “Was deutsch und echt wüßt’ keiner mehr, lebt’s nicht in deutscher Meister Ehr’.” (None would know what’s German and true, were it not to survive through the honour of German masters) – that would be narrow-minded smugness, hollow populism and nationalism.

With all these questions, truly a work for Munich – which it has been ever since its world premiere here.

 

Team

Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Stage Director: David Bösch
Stage Design: Patrick Bannwart
Costumes: Meentje Nielsen
Video: Falko Herold
Lights: Michael Bauer
Dramaturgy: Rainer Karlitschek
Chor: Sören Eckhoff

Hans Sachs: Wolfgang Koch
Veit Pogner: Christof Fischesser (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016, 28.07.2016, 31.07.2016) , Georg Zeppenfeld (30.09.2016, 03.10.2016, 08.10.2016)
Kunz Vogelgesang: Kevin Conners
Konrad Nachtigall: Christian Rieger
Sixtus Beckmesser: Markus Eiche (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016) , Martin Gantner (28.07.2016, 31.07.2016, 30.09.2016, 03.10.2016, 08.10.2016)
Fritz Kothner: Eike Wilm Schulte
Balthasar Zorn: Ulrich Reß
Ulrich Eißlinger: Stefan Heibach
Augustin Moser: Thorsten Scharnke (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016, 28.07.2016, 31.07.2016) , Francesco Petrozzi (30.09.2016, 03.10.2016, 08.10.2016)
Hermann Ortel: Friedemann Röhlig
Hans Schwarz: Peter Lobert
Hans Foltz: Christoph Stephinger (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016, 28.07.2016, 31.07.2016) , Dennis Wilgenhof (30.09.2016, 03.10.2016, 08.10.2016)

Walther von Stolzing: Jonas Kaufmann
David: Benjamin Bruns
Eva: Sara Jakubiak (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016, 28.07.2016, 31.07.2016) , Emma Bell (30.09.2016, 03.10.2016, 08.10.2016)
Magdalene: Okka von der Damerau (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016, 28.07.2016, 31.07.2016) , Claudia Mahnke (30.09.2016, 03.10.2016, 08.10.2016)
Nachtwächter: Tareq Nazmi (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016, 28.07.2016, 31.07.2016) Goran Jurić (30.09.2016, 03.10.2016, 08.10.2016)
Extra-Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper (16.05.2016, 22.05.2016, 26.05.2016, 29.05.2016, 04.06.2016, 28.07.2016, 31.07.2016)

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Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper

Article of the production in the Blog of Bayerische Staatsoper

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Photos from rehearsals, all taken by Wilfried Hösl