From the Deutsche Oper, Berlin Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - conductor Götz Friedrich - stage director Go back to Act 1: youtu.be/w6n2TUIPctA Watch the complete opera: goo.gl/VHn9dq Solisten/Soloists: Wolfgang Brendel - Hans Sachs Victor von Halem - Veit Pogner David Griffith - Kunz Vogelsang Barry McDaniel - Konrad Nachtigall Eike Wilm Schulte - Sixtus Beckmesser Lenus Carlson - Fritz Kothner Volker Horn - Balthasar Zorn Peter Maus - Ulrich Eißlinger Otto Heuer - Augustin Moser Klaus Lang - Hermann Ortel Ivan Sardi - Hans Schwarz Friedrich Molsberger - Hans Foltz Gösta Winbergh - Walther von Stölzing Uwe Peper - David Eva Johansson - Eva Ute Walther - Magdalena Peter Edelmann - Ein Nachtwächter Richard Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Erster Akt / The Master-Singers of Nuremberg, First Act Opera in three acts This magnificent production of Wagner's masterpiece at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, brilliantly directed by Götz Friedrich and staged by Peter Sykora, was not only a great success in Berlin, but in Tokyo as well. Synoosis of Act III: Reading a book in his study the next morning, Sachs forgives David his unruly behavior and bids him recite his St. John's Day verses. Alone, the cobbler ponders the world's madness, then greets Walther, who tells of a wondrous dream. Sachs recognizes a potential prize song; taking down the words, he helps the knight fashion them with an ear for form and symmetry. When they depart, Beckmesser limps in and noses around. Pocketing Walther's poem, he is caught by Sachs, who tells him to keep it. Beckmesser, certain of victory, rushes out. Eva now visits Sachs on the pretext of a pinching shoe; Walther returns dressed for the festival and repeats his prize song for her. She is torn between the two men, but the wise older man turns her to the younger. When Magdalene comes in, Sachs promotes David to journeyman with a box on the ear and asks Eva to bless the new song, which all five join in praising. Then they go off to the contest. In a meadow outside the city, guilds and citizens assemble under festive banners. After a joyful waltz, the Masters file in, Sachs getting a spontaneous hand from his people, which in turn inspires moving thanks from him. The contest opens as Beckmesser nervously tries to fit Walther's verses to his own music but forgets the words and distorts them, earning laughter from the crowd. The clerk turns furiously on Sachs and stumbles off. After rightful delivery of the song by Walther, the people are entranced, but Walther refuses the Masters' medallion. Sachs, however, convinces him otherwise, extolling tradition and its upholders as well as its fresh innovators. Youth makes its pact with age, Walther has won Eva, and the people hail Sachs once more as Eva crowns him with Walther's wreath.