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Prospect recommends: The best opera this month

Contentious Wagner, avant-garde Shakespeare

By Neil Norman   March 2017

©ROH, 2016

Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg

Royal Opera House, 11th to 31st March

Wagner’s only mature comic opera is also one of his most contentious. With a final sequence that celebrates German nationalism, it can present a dilemma for modern observers. David McVicar’s Glyndebourne production was well sung but sidestepped the politics. One can assume that in his final production as Director of Opera at Covent Garden, Kasper Holten will be determined to explore every aspect of the story as well as its magnificent music. With Bryn Terfel as Sachs…

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