Wagner And His Critics

Mar 26, 2013

Leipzig Opera House's 1960 production of Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg
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It seems that one either loves or hates the music of Richard Wagner, and, as with many composers, music critics also fall into this category, and many at the time were disparaging of his music. 

Wagner takes some revenge, however, in his opera, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, he caricatures a music critic named Beckmesser as a sour and most unfriendly and unlikable man.