The Festival 2016 run of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg has now come to an end. It was a most welcome return for David McVicar’s production of Wagner’s opera about a guild of tradesmen dedicated to the art of mastersong, whose lives are turned upside down when a free-thinking young nobleman challenges their long-held traditions.
The original 2011 production will be available to watch in cinemas and online from 12 July, but now the Festival 2016 run has come to an end and Gerald Finley has shaved off his Hans Sachs sideburns, we take a look at how it was received.
In the press
★★★★ ‘There’s one compelling reason to see Glyndebourne’s revival of David McVicar’s cinematic 2011 Wagner staging, and that is the magnificent Gerald Finley as the Nuremberg shoesmith… I rank him as the finest Hans Sachs I have seen.’
—Richard Morrison, The Times
★★★★ ‘…with the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing with a smile on its collective face (a bouquet to its impeccable horn players), the music glowed with shining clarity and Schubertian freshness’
—Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
★★★★ #F16Meistersinger provides an unusually intimate drama
glyndebourne</a> <a href="https://t.co/y8COHaK3rm">https://t.co/y8COHaK3rm</a> <a href="https://t.co/jEOZ043QiX">pic.twitter.com/jEOZ043QiX</a></p>— theartsdesk.com (theartsdesk) May 22, 2016
Still reminiscing about yesterday’s stunning— Alistair Burtenshaw (@A_Burtenshaw) May 22, 2016
glyndebourne</a> opening night performance of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/diemeistersinger?src=hash">#diemeistersinger</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/GeraldFinley">GeraldFinley a superb Hans Sachs
Stunning #F16Meistersinger— Jonathan Barnard (@JBarnard99) May 30, 2016
glyndebourne</a> yesterday + glorious sunshine = <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/perfectsunday?src=hash">#perfectsunday</a>. Bravo all & <a href="https://twitter.com/LPOrchestra">LPOrchestra pic.twitter.com/eUikFq8TFa
wonderful visit to— Bogna Bargiel (@BognaBargiel) June 6, 2016
Glyndebourne</a> to see <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Meistersinger?src=hash">#Meistersinger</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/GeraldFinley">GeraldFinley top form! pic.twitter.com/psXd34zvBk
.— Peter Bazalgette (@PeterBazalgette) June 8, 2016
glyndebourne</a> Life-enhancing Mastersingers is revived. <a href="https://twitter.com/GeraldFinley">GeraldFinley owns the part of Hans Sachs & the chorus excel in tuneful tumult.
Absolutely glorious production of Die Meistersinger at
glyndebourne</a> yesterday. What a treat! <a href="https://t.co/5gqq58TmSQ">pic.twitter.com/5gqq58TmSQ</a></p>— Sarah Jane Watson (SarahJaneWatso3) June 8, 2016
glyndebourne</a> amazing astonishing Meistersingers. We all need a Hans Sachs in our lives. <a href="https://t.co/gLFlUZ7m3m">pic.twitter.com/gLFlUZ7m3m</a></p>— Selina Mills (Millsatwork) June 15, 2016
Hugely enjoyed #F16Meistersinger— Guido Martin-Brandis (@GuidoMBrandis) June 15, 2016
glyndebourne</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/GeraldFinley">GeraldFinley still superlative in every capacity, sets still gorgeous.
Lovely day out
glyndebourne</a> to see <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/diemeistersingervonn%C3%BCrnberg?src=hash">#diemeistersingervonnürnberg</a> - a very <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Englishdayout?src=hash">#Englishdayout</a> ,… <a href="https://t.co/o4vDIHVWSY">https://t.co/o4vDIHVWSY</a></p>— Saira Khan (IamSairaKhan) June 16, 2016
— Tim Hall (@timhallfrcs) June 27, 2016
majeskiamanda</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GeraldFinley">GeraldFinley
tenorschade</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HannaMoominHipp">HannaMoominHipp
elportillo</a>.Quintet Act 3 tonight sublime.Deserved standing ovation <a href="https://twitter.com/glyndebourne">glyndebourne
What did you think of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Festival 2016?
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