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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Carib 5 tomorrow

Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Johan Botha as Walther von Stolzing in a Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

The Live in HD series continues at Carib 5 tomorrow, with Die Meistersinger von N¸rnberg showing at 12 p.m.

Die Meistersinger von N¸rnberg (The Master-Singers of Nuremberg) is an opera in three acts, written and composed by Richard Wagner. It is among the longest operas still commonly performed today and was first staged at the Konigliches Hof-und National Theatre, today's home of the Bavarian State Opera, in Munich, on June 21, 1868.

It is set in mid-16th century Nuremberg when it was a free imperial city and one of the centres of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. The story revolves around the real-life guild of Meistersinger (Master Singers), an association of amateur poets and musicians, mostly from the middle class and often master craftsmen in their main professions.

The master singers developed a craftsman-like approach to music-making, with an intricate system of rules for composing and performing songs.

The work draws much of its charm from its authentic depiction of the Nuremberg of the era and the traditions of the master singers guild. One of the main characters, the shoemaker-poet Hans Sachs, is based on an actual historical figure, Hans Sachs (1494-1576), the most famous of the historical master singers.

Die Meistersinger von N¸rnberg has a distinctive place in Wagner's body of work. It is the only comedy among his mature operas, as well as the only one centred on a historically well-defined time and place rather than a mythical or legendary setting. It is also the only mature Wagner opera to be based on an entirely original story, devised by the composer himself.