Tuesday, 25 January 2011
One, two, buckle my shoe
John Fisher, Bryn Terfel and Lothar Koenigs with award presenter Lesley Garrett Photo Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe
Following on from its recent success at the TMA awards in November WNO has picked up a second award for its 2010 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The Richard Jones directed show that had critics raving, and this already raving blogger raving even more has won Best Opera category at the revamped The South Bank Show Sky Arts Awards.
Featuring Bryn Terfel, in his role debut as Hans Sachs, the production held off stiff competition from ENO and Glyndebourne to win the award. Readers with access to Sky Arts can catch the awards ceremony on Sky Arts 1 from 9pm this evening.
Readers without access to Sky Arts can gobble up some clips of the BBC Proms performance*, an excerpt from the actual production from WNO, a pair of Bryn Terfel interviews (also from WNO) and watch Stephen Fry chatting with Hans Sachs prior to his Proms performance right here (sort of). So buckle up and let the Orchestra and Chorus of WNO, led by Lothar Koenigs, take you back to Johannistag one more time.
Prelude to the whole thing
Stage excerpt from Act II (via WNO)
Prelude Act III
Stephen Fry talks to Bryn Terfel
Bryn Talks Meistersinger Part 1 (via WNO)
Bryn Talks Meistersinger Part 2 (via WNO)
*In defence of Bryn Terfel, who was battling the Royal Albert Hall’s unique airless conditioning system, in the three performances I saw at the WMC he never once came close to losing his voice.