Set in Nuremberg in the mid-16th century and based on a true story, the plot of Richard Wagner's comic opera revolves around a singing competition where the prize is marriage to Eva, a lovely young maiden. The winner must prove that he is a "master singer" in order to earn her father's approval for marriage, and preparation for the competition ensues with hilarious twists and turns.
This opera requires an enormous amount of musical and stagecraft resources, and it's rarely presented by opera companies in the United States.
Cincinnati Opera opens its 90th season with performances of Wagner's six-hour epic on Wednesday and Saturday at Music Hall.
Read Anne Arenstein's preview article and get performance details here.