Epic operatic comedy up next at the Met

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), partnering with The Met: Live in HD, will present a simulcast of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Saturday, Dec. 13, at noon. The broadcast will run approximately 6 hours with two intermissions. A complimentary lecture by Dr. James Caplinger from the University of Charleston will start at 11 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for children. For tickets, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838.

Wagner’s comedic opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg follows Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. This is Wagner’s only opera to be set in an actual town. Hans Sachs, one of the most memorable characters in opera, was a real-life shoemaker, composer-poet, and author of drama, fiction, and essays.

“The world of grand opera is generally not known for its comedies, and few are quite as grand, funny or poignant as the Metropolitan Opera’s magnificent production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg …In an impressive Met debut, the German baritone Johannes Martin Kranzle is hilarious as the buffoon Beckmesser.” —Huffington Post

James Levine returns to the Met for the first time in eight years with one of his signature Wagner. This season marks the close of Otto Schenk’s production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. Levine conducted the 1993 premiere and the 29 subsequent performances.

 

Johannes Martin Kranzle as Beckmesser in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
Johannes Martin Kranzle as Beckmesser in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
James Morris (center) as Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. (Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
James Morris (center) as Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. (Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
James Morris as Hans Sachs and Annette Dasch as Eva in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. (Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Met Opera)
James Morris as Hans Sachs and Annette Dasch as Eva in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. (Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Met Opera)

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