02 December 2008

Katharina Wagner's Meistersinger released on DVD today

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.


lgarbarini said...

This DVD can also be found (Euro 24,99) here:


Bogda said...

It's beyond my comprehension that they've released this DVD without any subtitles. I've bought it yesterday and was shocked to realize that it has neither english nor german subtitles.

Who in the world has come up with this brilliant idea? Do they expect everyone to speak german or know the whole text by heart. Specially that this is such an intriguing production. Not being able follow the lyrics seriously decreases the value of this DVD

Anonymous said...

I'll second that notion re the subtitles. I saw the stream last summer and did find it interesting but without the titles it is useless. I will not buy it because of that. While I understand the pros and cons re titles in the theatre to not have them on a DVD and let the buyer decided is absurd.