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Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Seiffert, van Dam, Schnitzer, Salminen, Strehl, Pinter, Volle, Zysset, Groissbock, Welser-Most, Zurich Opera
Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Seiffert van Dam Schnitzer Salminen Strehl Pinter Volle Zysset Groissbock Welser-Most Zurich Opera
Actors: Josť van Dam, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Peter Seiffert, Matti Salminen, Franz Welser-Most
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     4hr 27min


     
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Actors: Josť van Dam, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Peter Seiffert, Matti Salminen, Franz Welser-Most
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classical
Studio: EMI Classics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/12/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 03/29/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 4hr 27min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: Italian, German, English, French, Spanish

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A poor production, a poor performance.
Theodore Shulman | NYC | 05/13/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I hate to say this, but this performance is simply unacceptable.

The singers seem each to be in his/her own private universe. The conversations--Sachs and Eva (act 2), Sachs and Walther (act 3)--do not feel like conversations but like two selfish soloists duelling for attention.

The sets--especially the second and third act sets--are too abstract to give any sense of Nurnberg, showing no buildings or streets. When the crowd of angry townspeople appears at the end of act 2, one wonders where they sprang from.

Even the presence of Matti Salminen, my favorite bass alive today, fails to rescue this performance.

If you want a beautiful MEISTERSINGER, go for the Met's recent DVD with James Morris and Ben Heppner."
A very enjoyable Die Meistersinger.
S. Cook | 05/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not since seeing Paul Schoffler years ago have I seen the role of Hans Sachs so well cast. Jose van Dam seems completely natural here, and, unlike the first reviewer, I found the acting between Peter Seiffert and Jose van Dam convincing and seemingly effortless. Michael Volle's Beckmesser is a huge treat. This production was certainly sparing, but to me it made sense. I enjoyed this performance of Die Meistersinger very much. The Levine/Metropolitan one is the perfect traditional staging, much as Wagner envisioned, and musically wonderful. But how can anyone have only one performance of Die Meistersinger on DVD? I would recommend this Zurich production as the second one to have."