11 Dec 2006

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Grand Théâtre, Geneva


By Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 11 December 2006]

Hans Sachs’ concluding ode to German art means Wagner’s only “comic” opera has become a political hot potato. A producer who stages it with traditional medieval pomp is accused of ducking the issues raised by German nationalism; treating it as an anticipatory apologia of National Socialism looks like a cheap trick based on questionable hindsight.