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Wagner Appeal

The Wagner Appeal enables The Royal Opera to keep Wagner’s legacy alive for future generations by supporting the cost of staging our ambitious Wagner productions.

A gift to the Wagner Appeal will support every aspect of presenting Wagner productions at the Royal Opera House. Every donation makes a valuable contribution to what we can achieve.

How your support can help

In the 2016/17 Season, The Royal Opera will present a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Kasper Holten, alongside a superb cast of international singers led by Bryn Terfel in the role of Hans Sachs.

£66 could cover the cost of piano tuning for two stage and piano rehearsals.

Five and a half hours in duration, and with complex orchestration, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg will require lengthy rehearsals for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus and our world-class soloists. There will be at least 21 hours of stage rehearsal time with piano accompaniment, and 48 hours with the full 93 player-strong orchestra.

£180 could support the instrument hire fee for the small folk harp required for Beckmesser’s lute solos in Acts II and III of the opera.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg requires an orchestra of 93 with the largest string section that can fit in our orchestra pit. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House will require additional players and instruments, including the Wagner specific Steerhorn, an organist and a small folk harp known as the ‘Meistersinger harp’ for Beckmesser’s lute solos in Acts II and III.

£390 could buy a full orchestral score of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Music Library.

The Music Library, which holds an estimated 30,000 scores, provides all of the scores and parts for performances given by the Company. The Music Library is currently in need of a full orchestral score of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, an important reference for the conductor, cover conductor and Music Library staff.

£468 could support the instrument hire fee for two rope tension drums used in the onstage band in Act III.

The onstage band in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg comprises at least four horns, four drums and six trumpets. The Orchestra will hire extra rope tension drums: historically-informed instruments specified in Wagner’s score.

£750 could support the Music Library in the preparation of the 96 Chorus scores required for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

For opera rehearsals, the orchestra parts will be individually marked up by the Music Library, who will also mark copies of the full score for the conductor and cover conductor and vocal scores for stage management staff. The Music Library will also prepare vocal scores for each of the 96 choristers in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

To make a donation, please complete the online form below, or call Isobel Evans on +44 (0)20 3772 6412. Thank you for your support.

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