John Edward Niles Presents "What Beckmesser Said; What Eva Said"
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Two of the most compelling yet under-appreciated elements of the Meistersinger libretto are the words to Beckmesser's "Prize Song" in Act Three, and Eva's "asides" in Act Two, as she and Walther von Stolzing are trapped in the bushes, hiding from Sachs, Beckmesser, Pogner, and the Night Watchman. Contemporary translations of the Beckmesser "Prize Song" generally corrupt the brilliant nuance of Wagner's humor, while Eva's comments from the bushes reveal her "trouble with men!" Maestro John Edward Niles will unravel these hidden delights!
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