Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Großes Festspielhaus, 12 August 2013
Having half-watched large chunks of the premiere on TV beforehand, Stefan Herheim's staging didn't come as a shock. But it's hardly a pearl-clutcher's special anyway. Some of Herheim's previous productions - like the she's-already-dead La bohème - might be hard to swallow for an audience slavering for muffs and bonnets.
His Meistersinger on the other hand, with its sumptuously lavish period costumes and lavishly sumptuous Biedermeier interiors and spectacular video-assisted set changes that shift the action from Hans Sachs's cobbler's shop to vastly oversized pieces of its furniture wouldn't puzzle any innocent who imagines the opera is all about a young knight who wins the hand of a pretty girl in a singing contest with the aid of a wily old cobbler. Should go down well at the Met.
But there's more.