Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

Hans Sachs

The first performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) was on 21 June 1868. It is Wagner's only mature comedy, set in Nürnberg in the 16th century.

The master singers (Meistersinger) were a guild of singers, consisting of amateur poets and musicians, often master craftsmen in their main professions.

   

 

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was produced in the following cities the first years after the world premiere in München on 21 June 1868

1868-69 Karlsruhe
Dresden
Mannheim
Dessau
Weimar
1870 Berlin
Wien
1871 Praha
1872 Copenhagen (in Danish)
1882 London
1883 Amsterdam
Budapest
(in Hungarian)
1885 Brüssel
1886 New York (Metropolitan Opera)
1888 Bayreuth Festival

 

 

The titles of Richard Wagner's operas in different languages

 

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Vorspiel

Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic (Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan)