30 minutes of cheering for Vienna’s first new Meistersinger in 47 yearsNews
Audience members with stop-watches timed the ovations for Keith Warner’s new Meistersinger production at half an hour, a roar unheard at the Vienna State Opera since long before Covid.
The biggest cheers were for the British director, whose production was understated and unpolitical, and for the music director Philippe Jordan, loser in a political battle with Staatsoper chief Bogdan Roscic, who has abolished his job.
A strong cast was led by Michael Volle as Hans Sachs, Georg Zeppenfeld as Veit Pogner and Wolfgang Koch as Beckmesser. David Butt Philip gave an ‘elegantly restrained’ Stolzing while Hanna Elisabeth Müller was a lovable Eva.
In Vienna, as ever, all is political.