1.00 – 5.00pm: Seminar on 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg'
by Dr David Larkin with musical interludes
SEMINAR: 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' by Dr David Larkin
Dr Larkin presents a seminar as background to the new Opera Australia Melbourne production of 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' on 13, 17, 19, 22 November.
This seminar timed for the benefit of the many people who are travelling to Melbourne for the OA production of Die Meistersinger will be illustrated with musical extracts put together by Warwick Fyfe, singing Beckmesser and featuring him along with other Opera Australia singers Shane Lowrencev (singing Hans Sach in OA Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Donna Balson and Dean Bassett accompanied by Thomas Johnson.
David Larkin is a senior lecturer in musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, specialising in nineteenth-century music. He joined the University of Sydney in 2010, after two years as a postdoctoral research fellow attached to the School of Music, University College Dublin sponsored by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His music education began at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where he studied piano, violin and organ. He graduated from University College Dublin in 1999 with a first-class honours B.Mus degree, and in 2002 was awarded the M.Litt degree with distinction for a thesis exploring the musical and personal connections between Liszt and Wagner. In 2007, he gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge for a dissertation entitled ‘Reshaping the Liszt-Wagner Legacy: Intertextual Dynamics in Strauss’s Tone Poems.’
Dr Larkin's earlier presentations to the Wagner Society include
Parsifal (2017) and Tristan und Isolde – An Unresolved Enigma (2015).
1pm: Part 1 – Introducing Die Meistersinger: Wagner’s ‘comic’ music drama
1.45pm: Musical interlude 1: Beckmesser Serenade (quartet); Prize Song
2.15pm: Part 2 – Choruses and tunes? The musical language of Die Meistersinger
3.30pm: Part 3 – The dark side of Die Meistersinger: nationalism and anti-Semitism
4.15pm: Musical interlude 2 (excerpts from Kosky's Meistersinger)
4.30pm: Part 4 – Interpreting Die Meistersinger: reception history and productions
We are extremely privileged to be hearing from leading baritone Warwick Fyfe, who will be singing Beckmesser in Melbourne. Warwick is an international and OA opera and concert star whose extensive repertoire includes a number of other Wagner roles such as Alberich, for which he won a 2013 Helpmann Award, Klingsor and the Dutchman. In 2015, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study Wagnerian vocal technique in Germany, the US and the UK.
Donna Balson has enjoyed a multi-faceted relationship with Opera Australia for more than 30 years. Although living in Germany and the US since 1986, she has returned regularly to work as a soloist, and, since 2009, as a visiting coach. Highlights of her repertoire include the roles of Leonora in La Forza del Destino, Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele, Violetta in La Traviata and the title role in Tosca. In concert, she has sung the soprano solos in repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Nono, including multiple performances of the Verdi Requiem.
Shane Lowrencev will be singing Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Melbourne Shane received the Robert Salzer Scholarship Award for Operatic Potential as well as a Victoria University Scholarship. In 2008, he won the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards, including the Youth Music Foundation of Australia Inc Award. He has worked extensively with Opera Australia and as a leading bass-baritone concert soloist. His Wagner roles also include cover Wotan/The Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen (2013, 2016) , Hunding in Die Walküre for Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger for State Opera of South Australia..
Dean Bassett joined the Opera Australia Chorus full time in December 2004. Since then has performed with the chorus in over 30 different operas. He has covered the First Armoured Man in Die Zauberflöte, Herald in Rinaldo and Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte and had recent roles as the messenger in Aida, ensemble in The Nose, a Knight in Parsifal and Prince of Persia in Turandot.
Tom Johnson - accompanist