Joe Austin

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Mastersingers of Nuremberg


Role: Assistant director
English National Opera
Performances 14 / 18 / 21 / 25 Feb, 3 / 7 / 10 March
Director: Richard Jones
Set design: Paul Steinberg

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.

Tickets available from ENO box office. 

    Earlier Event: November 14
    Albert Herring
    Later Event: March 9
    Sweeney Todd

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