Will The Return Of Levine & Meistersinger Revive MET's Declining Audience?

Written By The Wagnerian on Sunday, 16 February 2014 | 1:41:00 pm

The MET has announced its 2014-15 season with sadly on one Wagner production, another revival of Otto Schenk's “Meistersinger von Nürnberg (a surprising move given that there had been rumors it would never see the light of day again after its last outing). The production will also make-up part of the MET in HD series being broadcast in cinemas world wide on December 13, 2014

The cast will consist of Johan Reuter as Hans Sachs, with Johan Botha as Walther, Annette Dasch as Eva, Karen Cargill as Magdalene, Paul Appleby as David, Johannes Martin Kränzle in his Met debut as Beckmesser, and Hans-Peter König as Pogner.

This season - and this production -  will also see the return of James Levine. Whether that and Wagner, will see an upturn in MET audience figures next season (21% of seats were left unfilled this season) will prove interesting to observe