Met Opera on Demand Catalog
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
(Dec. 8, 2001)
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Mattila, Heppner, Polenzani, Morris, Allen, Pape
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 51 min.
Wagner’s enchanting Nürnberg has perhaps never looked as marvelous as in this production by Otto Schenk, with sets designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen. James Levine’s conducting is as authoritative as it is affectionate, and the orchestra, the chorus, and the all-star cast which could not be equaled anywhere else in the world—respond with a riveting performance. James Morris is a wise, avuncular Hans Sachs; Ben Heppner’s beautifully sung Walther is a perfect match for Karita Mattila’s radiant Eva; and René Pape and Thomas Allen turn in stellar performances.