The Otto Schenk
, Günther Schneider-Siemssen
production of Richard Wagner
's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
is back at the Metropolitan Opera
, playing for seven performances, including an HD telecast of the Saturday matinee on December 13. I will be in the house for that performance.
These are turning out to be very important performances. To begin with, it is the only Wagner opera that the MET will be presenting this year, and all the performances are slated to be conducted by James Levine
, who is experiencing a tremendous year, celebrating his full-time comeback to the MET after a prolonged illness.
This is also the last time that this famed production will be seen at the MET. The conservative staging will be retired, and in its place the Metropolitan Opera will present in the future the new Stefan Herheim
production (pictured above) that premiered at the Salzburg Festival
last summer. Mr. Herheim is a world famous proponent of "Regietheatre" and his production of Parsifal
which I saw at the Bayreuth Festival in 2012, takes extensive liberties with the plot of the opera. Michael Volle
, who sang the role of Hans Sachs in that Salzburg production will be singing some of the performances this year, although house bass-baritone James Morris
(who sang Hans Sachs last time this production was mounted) will be singing the majority of the performances.
has made sure that Mr. Volle will be singing the HD telecast, and he is already in conversation with the singer about singing the role of Wotan next time the MET mounts their controversial staging of the "Ring."