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ENO Bring Wagner Back To The Coliseum

Written By The Wagnerian on Monday 12 May 2014 | 10:36:00 pm

At least there will be some Wagner in one of London's Big Houses next season. We have some very fond memories of Wagner at the Coliseum over the years - forgetting the last Dutchman that is - and Richard Jones' production is surely a safer bet. Add to this that Edward Garner displayed a better understanding of Wagner then we have heard from other London based conductors in recent years and a good cast and its difficult to see how this one would not be worth adding to your diary. Details below.

From the opening bars of the ever-popular overture, Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is conceived on a truly epic scale, full of glorious melodies, stirring choruses and thrilling orchestration.

ENO’s major new production of Wagner’s comedy sees Richard Jones’s acclaimed staging re-imagined for the scale of the London Coliseum. Jones provides a characteristically witty and clear retelling of Wagner’s drama about the 16th-century guild of amateur poets and musicians (the Mastersingers), in which the tension between creativity and conformity is played out in a society obsessed with rules and regulations.

An exceptional cast has been assembled under ENO Music Director Edward Gardner. Leading Wagnerian bass-baritone Iain Paterson sings his first Sachs, while the brilliant singing-actor Andrew Shore makes his stage role debut as Beckmesser.

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 5hrs 40mins

Pre-performance talk: 18 Feb, 5.15 – 6pm, £5/£2.50 concs

Production originated at Welsh National Opera. New production supported supported by Mr & Mrs J. Shafran, Deirdre & Thomas Lynch, a syndicate of individual donors and the Friends of ENO

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg cast and creative team

Conductor Edward Gardner

Director Richard Jones

Set Designer Paul Steinberg

Costume Designer Buki Shiff

Lighting Designer Mimi Jordan Sherin

Choreographer Lucy Burge

Librettist Richard Wagner after various historical and literary sources

Translation Adapted from Frederic Jameson

8 performances