New production of Wagner’s ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ opens The Royal Opera’s Spring 2017 Season

The Royal Opera Presents 


Richard Wagner 

11 and 25 March at 4pm | 15, 22, 28, 31 March at 4.30pm | 19 March at 3pm 

Co-production with National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, and Opera Australia

Generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Dr Genevieve Davies, Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Maggie Copus, Peter and Fiona Espenhahn, Malcolm Herring, The Metherell Family, Die Meistersinger Production Syndicate and the Wagner Circle

The Royal Opera presents a new production of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by Kasper Holten in his final production as The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera, and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Wagner investigates the nature of art in this mature comedy, which follows the young knight Walther, who decides to compete in a Mastersingers’ song competition to win the hand of his beloved Eva.

His initial Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther, full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways, attempts to elope with Eva. Their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot.

The next day, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs, who had secretly admired Walther’s first song, helps the young man write a new song to perform in the forthcoming competition.

This new song extends but also respects the formal rules of the Mastersingers, who are swept away by its ardour and beauty, and award Walther the prize of the competition: Eva.

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Kasper Holten makes his farewell as The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera with this production.

An acclaimed director of opera and theatre, he has directed more than 65 productions, including an award-winning Der Ring des Nibelungen for Royal Danish Opera.

He made his directorial debut at the Royal Opera House with Eugene Onegin in 2013 and has since directed Don GiovanniL’Ormindo and Król Roger for the Company.

Antonio Pappano is Music Director of The Royal Opera, a position he has held since 2002.

During his tenure he has conducted an extensive repertory, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Ravel, Berg, Shostakovich and Britten, as well as the world premieres of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur (2008) and Turnage’s Anna Nicole (2011) and several orchestral concerts.

This Season he has conducted a new production of Norma and a revival of Manon Lescaut for The Royal Opera; plans with the Company include Madama Butterfly and a new production of Otello.

Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel sings the role of Hans Sachs, a role he first sang with Welsh National Opera in 2010 to great acclaim.

He made his Royal Opera debut in 1992 as Masetto (Don Giovanni) and has since sung Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Jokanaan (Salome), Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Falstaff, Don Giovanni, Méphistophélès (Faust), Wotan (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Scarpia (Tosca), Gianni Schicchi, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Boris Godunov and in gala performances for The Royal Opera.

German baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle sings the role of Sixtus Beckmesser, which he has previously sung for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Glyndebourne Festival.

He made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte).  He joined Frankfurt Opera in 1998, where he has sung all the major Mozart baritone roles and many other roles including Wolfram von Eschinbach (Tannhäuser), Amfortas (Parsifal), Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Gloucester (Reimann’s Lear), Prus (The Makropulos Case), the Dark Fiddler (A Village Romeo and Juliet) and Duke Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle).

In summer 2017 he makes his Bayreuth Festival debut as Beckmesser.

Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones sings the role of Walther von Stolzing, which he sang in 2015 for English National Opera.

He has previously sung Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Macduff (Macbeth) for The Royal Opera.

He made his professional debut in 1995 with Welsh National Opera as Ismaele (Nabucco), returning regularly to sing with the company, including in recent seasons as Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Canio (Pagliacci), Don José (Carmen) and Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut).

Other appearances include Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) for English National Opera and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Manrico (Il trovatore) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

The role of Eva is sung by American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen.

She has sung Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) and Marshallin (Der Rosenkavalier) for the company.

A former member of Houston Grand Opera Studio, from 2012 to 2015 she was a member of the ensemble of Semperoper Dresden, singing roles including Alcina, Elettra (Idomeneo), Countess Almaviva, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Rachel (La Juive), Mimì (La bohème), Diemut (Feuersnot), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe).

She has previously sung Eva for San Francisco Opera.

Danish bass Stephen Milling sings Veit Pogner.

He made his Royal Opera House debut in 1995, singing Herald (The Love for Three Oranges) with Royal Danish Opera.

He made his Royal Opera debut in 2005 as Hunding (Die Walküre) and has since sung Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) and Herrmann (Tannhäuser) for the Company.  His other Wagner roles include Gurnemanz (Parsifal), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Fafner (Siegfried) and Hagen (Götterdämmerung).

He has sung Hagen for Bayreuth Festival.

The role of David is sung by English tenor Allan Clayton.

He made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and has since sung Angel III/John (Written on Skin), a role he created in this opera’s world and UK premieres.

Other opera engagements include Castor (Castor et Pollux) for Komische Oper Berlin and English National Opera, Oronte (Alcina) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Liceu, Barcelona, ENO, Komische Oper Berlin, Edinburgh Festival and Welsh National Opera, Angel III/John for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Dutch National Opera, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Paris’s Opéra Comique, Cassio (Otello) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for ENO, Camille de Rosillon (Die lustige Witwe) for Opera North and Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) for Glyndebourne Festival.

Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp sings the role of Magdalene.

She was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2011–13, singing roles including Flora Bervoix and Annina (La traviata), Emilia (Otello), Anna (Les Troyens), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Bianca (La rondine), and Les Nuits d’été and Jean (Le Portrait le Manon) in Meet the Young Artists Week 2011.

Her appearances since leaving the Programme have included Magdalene for Glyndebourne Festival, Mercédès (Carmen) for La Scala, Milan, and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) in Limoges.

Austrian bass-baritone Sebastian Holecek sings the role of Fritz Kothner.

He made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte) and has since sung Count Monterone (Rigoletto) for the Company.

He is a member of the Vienna Volksoper, where his roles have included Escamillo (Carmen), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Scarpia (Tosca), Michele (Il tabarro) and Jokanaan (Salome). Recent appearances elsewhere include Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) for Vienna State Opera and Scarpia (Tosca) for Stuttgart Opera.

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