The Glyndebourne label is releasing a live recording of the largest production ever to appear on its stage, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg from Glyndebourne Festival 2011.
The celebrated production was only the second Wagner opera to appear at Glyndebourne following the 2003 production of Tristan und Isolde which fulfilled the lifelong ambition of Glyndebourne’s founder John Christie to stage the composer’s work. Such was John Christie’s passion for Wagner, he staged an amateur performance of Act III of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, casting himself in the role of Beckmesser, on 3 June 1928, well before the Glyndebourne Festival was established.
In 2011, Glyndebourne stalwart Gerald Finley made his role debut as Hans Sachs to great acclaim. In his first Wagnerian role in a fully-staged opera, he was praised for his sensitive and sympathetic portrayal of Sach’s character as well as his outstanding vocal performance. Finley will soon be seen in a new production of another Wagner opera when Parsifal opens at the Royal Opera House in December 2013.
The production featured Glyndebourne debuts for three German singers; the tenor Marco Jentzsch impressed in the role of Walther von Stolzing with Anna Gabler playing Eva, while Johannes Martin Kränzle gave a sensitive portrayal of the role of Beckmesser and was subsequently awarded the 2011 Singer of the Year award by Opernwelt.
In the pit Vladimir Jurowski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in an orchestral performance rich in detail and clarity which was described by The Independent as “at times extraordinarily beautiful”. His reading of the score offers an interpretation of Wagner that is in keeping with the intimate nature of the Glyndebourne auditorium.
The release is the last in a series of recordings released during 2013 which are all conducted by Vladimir Jurowski to mark his final year as Music Director of Glyndebourne. It also forms part of the celebrations to mark the bi-centenary of Wagner’s birth during 2013.
The recording will be available to buy on CD from the Glyndebourne shop and other good music retailers from 3 November 2013. It is available for download now from the Glyndebourne iTunes store – www.itunes.com/glyndebourne