The Mastersingers of Nuremburg
Up 10. 2nd of Wagner's 6 entries.
The Mastersingers of Nuremburg is a typically epic Wagnerian triumph, clocking in at around four and a half hours. But within that huge running time you'll not only find some belting tunes, but also some incredible set-pieces that saw Wagner inch ever-closer to his dramatic ideal of a seamless work of operatic art. It's his only comedy and the only one that takes place in the real world, but don't that let put you off — this is ripping stuff from start to finish, especially the overture.
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