“I wanted to get away from all that turgid German high solemnity. It has to be so much more alive…”
– Director David McVicar, The Guardian 2011
Perhaps if I said, “Die Meistersinger is a ten hour opera,” it would be easier to deal with the actual running time, which is 5 1/2 hours.
5 1/2 hours of Wagner gives one pause. On the other hand, the score is a delight. The story is a delight. Adding singers like James Morris and Johan Botha doesn’t hurt; and add to that a director like David McVicar, this might be the one you don’t want to miss.
Amanda Majeski (Eva) and Sam Handley (Falz) spoke about it earlier this week.
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Die Meistersinger is on stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago through March 3.