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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

"This was no outing scaled to an audience of locals and tourists just getting their feet wet in the Wagner swamp.  It was a magnet for experienced Wagnerites prepared to be challenged by sophisticated arguments."

—Leighton Kerner, Village Voice,
    "Nuremberg Trial," Sept. 5, 1989

"This Meistersinger was billed as the company's biggest production ever, with hundred and eighty performers onstage, and over three hundred costumes.  It was not grandiose.  It was a lively, attractive presentation, freshly thought, well integrated..."

—Andrew Porter, New Yorker,
    "Sound Wagnerians," September 25, 1989

"...one had the wonderful sense of the production existing as a true collaborative effort instead of single star turns here and there."

—R.M. Campbell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
    "The real stuff in Meistersinger…," August 5, 1989

"The Great Northwest has not only a new Meistersinger, but also one worth traveling to see."

—Donal Henahan, New York Times,
    "Seattle Opera Pulls All the Stops Out," August 13, 1989

"The most lavish, complicated and expensive of the performing arts, grand opera can dazzle the senses and the intellect when it’s done right—as it triumphantly is in Seattle Opera’s season-opening production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg."

—Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times, August 4, 1989

"Seattle Opera's $1.5 million production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger takes a fresh, intimate, delightful look at opera's longest, richest, wisest comedy."

—Mark Mandel, The Oregonian,
    "Seattle Opera's lively Die Meistersinger leaves
    audience aglow," August 8, 1989

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Die Meistersinger, 1989 © Gary Smith photo