Glyndebourne Meistersinger - BBC "In Tune" with Vladimir Jurowski and Gerald Finley

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 21 May 2011 | 4:30:00 pm

Yes, it's that time of year again: lambs are skipping across the British countryside (well big lambs by now); hikers have put on their best shorts, hitched a knapsack over their shoulder and traverse, what they hope, are public walkways over golden fields; young lovers take to the countryside oblivious to all but each other; lone romantics take to their bicycles, a well worn copy of some Wordsworth poems in their pocket, looking for a shady tree to read under; copies of Cider With Rosie are... Or at least that would be the case if they were not all competing for space with oddly dinner suited individuals dragging  picnic baskets behind them, accompanied to the sound of clinking bottles of Moet (well the tickets were just so expensive  - nothing left for luxuries)

Yes, the ever magnificent, Glyndebourne  opens its doors today and Britain's Country House Opera Festival season is truly underway. And this years festival sees something special for us Wagnerians: at long last their first staging of Meistersinger .

To ready himself,  BBC Radio 3's Peter Trelawny, spoke to the conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the productions Hans Sachs - Gerald Finley -  during Fridays "In tune". You missed it? Never-mind, it will remain available to listen to online for the next six  days.

 Listen here: In Tune, BBC Radio 3