|Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther) and Michaela Kaune(Eva). |
Photo Enrico Nawrath/Bayreuther Festspiele
I have immense respect for her completely new interpretation and the way she carries it out - even though this is far from what Richard Wagner intended. Making Beckmesser develop into a hero and Hans Sachs into a monster is fresh, thought-provoking and stimulating. The production was also a historical necessity coming at a time when Bayreuth announced a more open-mindedness to research into the Festival's dark past.
At the same time, I must admit that most of what is happening in the production before "Wach auf!" in Act 3 really is pushing me to the limit. It is simply not good. For me the production gets interesting 30 minutes before the end.
Am I being unfair? Too positive? Too negative?
Read my thoughts on the production on Wagneropera.net and please leave your comment here