Katharina Wagner's production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is being released today. This is the first time a live recording from the Festival has been released on DVD. It was recorded on 27 July 2008 and the material is therefor the same as was used on the Livestream on Internet.
It doesn't seem that Amazon.com has the DVDs yet, maybe the American release is later. Americans may buy the DVDs from the Festival's online shop. There it costs 29.90 Euro (approximately $38). You can save two Euros by buying it on Amazon.de.
Katharina Wagner's Meistersinger is a totally new reading of the opera, and not for those who want to go to the opera to escape. In my opinion, this production of Meistersinger is both thought-provoking and necessary. It is therapeutic for Bayreuth, starting a healing process of the Festivals repressed dark past.
Among the singers, Michael Volle's Beckmesser is a great achievement, and probably worth the expenses alone.
Bonus material include a "Making of" and a reportage of the Siemens Festspielnacht.