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Discover Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with David Nice

Dear Member

10 Wednesdays 2.30-4.30pm starting 3 August 2022

Join us for the biggest and most generous-hearted human comedy in the history of opera – indeed, arguably, in any sphere. At the centre is Wagner’s most finely-drawn portrait of the man he would have liked to be, Hans Sachs. After an introductory session for context, David will be following the course of the drama with excerpts from a wide range of recorded performances, both on CD, DVD and YouTube. David is also hoping he will be able to welcome special guests as he has before – previous visitors to David’s Wagner courses have included Richard Berkeley-Steele, Susan Bullock, Graham Clark, Dame Anne Evans, Jay Hunter Morris, Richard Jones and Sir John Tomlinson. That’s the beauty of Zoom!

For those who can’t attend on the day (or even at all), a video can be sent out shortly afterwards.

I cannot recommend these classes highly enough. If you are an opera buff or if you are just curious to know a little more about opera, then this is course for you. The classes, all expertly guided by the expert hand of David Nice, comprise discussion, listening to recordings and watching scenes on DVD as well as interviews with internationally renowned singers who have a particular association with the opera being studied.

   – Susan Bullock, soprano and visitor to numerous classes

Since 2018, David Nice has been presenting our residential study courses, initially at our regular venue, Gartmore House, with each devoted to an individual opera from Der Ring des Nibelungen. Two summers ago, Siegfried had to transfer to Zoom online, yet the attendance has increased significantly as a result of David’s entertaining and accessible style of presentation. His insightful observations and revealing connections have made these courses a delight.

   – Derek Williams, Chair of the Wagner Society of Scotland

Fee: £100 for the whole term of ten two-hour classes on Zoom

Email: ASAP to confirm a place

Robert McCutcheon

If you have any difficulties, please email or give Derek Williams a call on 07857602004.

Coming in 2023 – date to be advised:

‘Rienzi’ Study Day

Paul Dawson-Bowling is the author of The Wagner Experience and its Meaning to us (2013). For some 30 years he was a principal reviewer for Wagner News and has published articles in the UK and America. During the Study Day he will give details of various aspects of Wagner’s first successful opera. Watch this page for updates on how to book.