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Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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Bernard Haitink conducts Graham Vick's 1993 Royal Opera House production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, starring John Tomlinson as cobbler-poet Hans Sachs. Gosta Winbergh as young iconoclast Walther, Thomas Allen as prissy Nuremberg town clerk Beckmesser, and Nancy Gustafson as Eva Pogner, the young woman caught between them all. This production of Wagner's comic masterpiece was one of Haitink's greatest artistic triumphs as music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and is perfect for Opera on 3's contribution to Radio 3's exploration of his legacy. Vick's acclaimed production featured sunny designs inspired by the paintings of Breughel and Dürer, and a cast at the top of their game, as John Tomlinson's Sachs tries to save Eva from the threat of marriage to the dreaded Beckmesser - but will he give her up to the man she loves, or does he want her for himself? Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. John Tomlinson (Hans Sachs: bass), Nancy Gustafson (Eva: soprano), Gosta Winbergh (Walther von Stolzing: tenor), Thomas Allen (Sixtus Beckmesser: baritone), Anne Howells (Magdalene, Eva's nurse: mezzo), Deon van Der Walt (David, Sachs's apprentice: tenor), Mastersingers - Gwynne Howell (Veit Pogner, Eva's father: bass), Alasdair Elliot (Kunz Vogelgesang: tenor), David Ellis (Konrad Nachtigall: bass), Roderick Earle (Fritz Kothner: bass), Ian Thompson (Balthasar Zorn: tenor), Paul Crook (Ulrich Eisslinger: tenor), Christopher Gillett (Augustin Moser: tenor), Michael Pearce (Hermann Ortel: bass), Alan Ewing (Hans Schwarz: bass), Clive Bayley (Hans Schwarz: bass), Mark Beesley (Nightwatchman: bass), Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Bernard Haiti (conductor)

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