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The Mastersingers of Manchester

A strictly Mancunian performance of Act III of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in honour of Wagner’s 200th anniversary.

On Sunday 10 February, 4.00pm  we are presenting Wagner’s great comedy, Die Meistersinger, in an event uniting musicians from across Manchester.

In part one Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips, soloists and young musicians from the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Chetham’s School of Music will set the scene and tell the story of the opera with extended highlights, before the Hallé performs the Third Act.

Wagner’s most accessible and tender creation is richly melodic and takes as its subject the art of songwriting and the conflict between tradition and innovation. Set in the vibrant world of sixteenth century Nuremberg, where artists formed the elite of society, it is a much loved work of great humour and humanity. 

For this very special concert performance, Sir Mark and the Hallé are joined by an impressive cast of soloists and considerable choral forces. In the great third act of the opera, which culminates in a song contest before the whole community of town trade-guilds and mastersingers, we are bring together the Mastersingers of Manchester

At 4pm, Sir Mark Elder and Jamie Phillips will be joined by some of the soloists and young musicians from the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Chetham's Sinfonia. Sir Mark will introduce highlights from Acts I and II which will set the scene before the Third Act is performed by the Hallé and the 'Mastersingers of Manchester'.

At around 5pm there will be an extended interval of approximately one hour. Act III of the opera, complete, will begin at 6pm and is expected to end by 8.30pm. The performance will be surtitled throughout.

The Bridgewater Hall is offering some additional dining options during the extended interval. For full details, including pre-ordering interval platters, see The Bridgewater Hall website or call the Box Office on 0844 907 9000.

BOOK TICKETS NOW for this celebration of music and Manchester.

Listen to the preludes to Acts I and III of Die Meistersinger below from the Hallé recording with Sir Mark Elder and soprano Anja Kampe.

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