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."