02 July 2008
Katharina Wagner and her Meistersinger on DVD
Via Mostly Opera I read that United Motion is planning to re-edit the live footage of Katharina Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for release on DVD in November. The filming will be done by eight remote-control cameras.
I am a bit surprised that this production will be released on DVD so soon. After all, this is only the second season it runs. Usually it takes a couple of years for a production to find its form in Bayreuth. It is also strange that the premiere will be used as raw material for this DVD release. The second and third performance will most likely be of a higher artistic quality than the premiere, at least according to some commentators I have spoken with.
Bayreuth Festival 2008 programme and cast