From the opening bars of the ever-popular overture, Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is conceived on a truly epic scale, full of glorious melodies, stirring choruses and thrilling orchestration.
ENO’s major new production of Wagner’s comedy sees Richard Jones’s acclaimed staging come to the London Coliseum for the first time. Jones provides a characteristically witty and clear retelling of Wagner’s drama about the 16th-century guild of amateur poets and musicians (the Mastersingers), in which the tension between creativity and conformity is played out in a society obsessed with rules and regulations.
An exceptional cast has been assembled under ENO Music Director Edward Gardner. Leading Wagnerian bass-baritone Iain Paterson sings his first Sachs, while the brilliant singing- actor Andrew Shore makes his stage role debut as Beckmesser.
'Enthralling, unmissable' ★★★★★ Financial Times
- Running time: 5hrs 50mins (overture and Act 1: 1hr 30mins | Interval: 20mins | Act 2: 1hr 10mins | Interval: 40mins | Act 3: 2hrs 7mins)
- Language: Sung in English, with lyrics projected above the stage
- Starring: Iain Paterson as Hans Sachs, Rachel Nicholls as Eva and Andrew Shore as Beckmesser. See below for the full cast and creative team.
- Conductor: Edward Gardner
- Director: Richard Jones
Food & Drink
Feeling hungry? You'll find our Mastersingers Bratwurst stand in the theatre foyer (Stalls level) and Sky Bar (Upper Circle level) during the second interval:
Bratwurst & sauerkraut £3 | Bratwurst & sauerkraut baguette £5 | Beer & a baguette £9
Apple strudel £3
Meantime lager £4.50
Pre-performance talk with musicologist John Deathridge plus members of the ENO orchestra: 18 Feb, 3.15 – 4pm, £5/£2.50 concs. Signed performance 3 Mar.
Find out more about The Mastersingers of Nuremberg with the new Overture Opera Guide, published in association with ENO and priced at £12. It includes the full German libretto and facing English translation – plus articles on the background to the opera, its music and performance history, as well as a musical thematic guide, discography, bibliography, list of DVDs and websites. Available now from Alma Classics.
Production originated at Welsh National Opera.
New production supported by Mr Jake Shafran and Mrs Hélène Marie Shafran, Dunard Fund, Deirdre & Thomas Lynch, Peter & Fiona Espenhahn, Mrs B M Espenhahn, Beth and Gary Glynn, a syndicate of individual donors and the Friends of ENO
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg cast and creative team
Conductor Edward Gardner
Director Richard Jones
Set Designer Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer Buki Shiff
Lighting Designer Mimi Jordan Sherin
Choreographer Lucy Burge
Librettist Richard Wagner after various historical and literary sources
Translation Adapted from Frederic Jameson
Hans Sachs Iain Paterson
Eva Rachel Nicholls
Beckmesser Andrew Shore
Pogner James Creswell
Walther von Stolzing Gwyn Hughes Jones
David Nicky Spence
Kothner David Stout
Magdalene Madeleine Shaw
Night Watchman Nicholas Crawley