Gerald Finley as Hans Sachs in Glyndebourne’s Die Meistersinger; photo: Tristram Kenton Gerald Finley has won rave reviews and standing ovations for his stunning portrayal of Hans Sachs in Glyndebourne’s revival of David McVicar’s 2011 production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The Guardian’s Andrew Clements notes his “flesh-and-blood focus” and “real emotional engagement” that “Finley portrays …with wonderful subtlety… [and] great vocal conviction”.
In his four-star review for The Times, Richard Morrison writes of the “magnificent Gerald Finley” that:
“There’s such a mixture of sadness, anger, nobility, passion and resignation in his portrayal, and such dark, unexpected power…that I rank him as the finest Hans Sachs I have seen. His emotional journey in Act III alone…left me close to tears.”
Melanie Eskenazi, in her four-and-a-half star Music OMH review, concurs writing that Finley is, “the best Hans Sachs since Norman Bailey,” adding that he, “is the Sachs…singing with burnished tone and ample phrasing, and acting with ferocious commitment.”
Rupert Christiansen four-star review in The Telegraph notes that Finley “shone” with his “deeply sympathetic and thoughtful portrayal of the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs,” adding that “the ‘Flieder’ monologue was exquisitely done and every phrase was imbued with an ideal combination of unpretentious eloquence, emotional tenderness and sceptical irascibility. The audience rose to acclaim him at the curtain calls – a tribute, one felt, as much to Sachs’ firm moral stance as to Finley’s artistry.”
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg runs through 27th June. For more information or to purchase (the very few remaining) tickets, please visit glyndebourne.com.
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