Mastersingers was founded to continue and develop the tradition of British
Wagnerian singing at the highest international level. We take our inspiration from the celebrated conductor Sir Reginald Goodall, whose pioneering work at English National Opera in the 1970s and ’80s laid the foundation of great Wagner interpretation in this country.
Our purpose today is to train, mentor and promote British singers in the German Romantic repertoire – mainly in the works of Wagner, but also including those of Richard Strauss. With the direct involvement of Britain’s most senior and distinguished artists, we are nurturing singers who are usually mid-career and who are discovering that their voices are growing into heavier and more dramatic repertoire.
In pursuit of these aims, our specific objectives are:
- to encourage a wider appreciation of Wagner’s music, through presentation of workshops, masterclasses, lectures, public concerts, study days and open rehearsals both with piano and with orchestra at venues throughout the U.K.
- to stage operatic productions both in the original German and also in English translation that follow the spirit of the composer’s original directions whilst making them valid to audiences of today
- to encourage Wagner enthusiasts to contribute towards achieving the above objectives and help promote the next generation of Wagner singers
Like many educational programmes, we need to raise money to fund our operation. We have ambitious plans to expand our work and our network of supporters over the next years. Mastersingers is a registered charity and as such receives no public funding. Our work is entirely dependent on the generosity of individual and corporate benefactors.