Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Bayreuther Festspiele, 1999)

1999 - EuroArts & Unitel




Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Bayreuther Festspiele)

Staged and directed by Richard Wagner’s grandson Wolfgang Wagner at the Bayreuther Festspiele in 1999, this production of Wagner’s only comic opera features an all-star cast and the Bayreuther Festspiele chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.


The staging is the undoubtedly loving work of a cultured man who knows the piece inside out and wishes to represent it faithfully but whose other duties have prevented his developing any especially distinctive style of his own. The wonderful women, Mesdames Magee and Svendén, however, get there on their own and their dignity and detail are worth watching. Apart from them, and the sexy aeroplane choreography of the "girls from Fürth"... the main attractions of the release lie in Daniel Barenboim's beautifully limned and paced account of the score. - Gramophone, Awards Issue 2008


Hans Sachs: Robert Holl

Walther von Stolzing: Peter Seiffert

Eva: Emily Magee

Beckmesser: Andreas Schmidt

Magdalena: Birgitta Svendén

David: Endrik Wottrich

Pogner: Matthias Hölle

Nachtwächter: Kwangchul Youn

Kothner: Hans-Joachim Ketelsen

Chor & Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele

Musical Director: Daniel Barenboim