Mastersingers was founded to continue and develop the tradition of British┬áWagnerian singing at the highest international level. We take our inspiration┬áfrom the celebrated conductor Sir Reginald Goodall, whose pioneering work┬áat English National Opera in the 1970s and ÔÇÖ80s laid the foundation of great┬áWagner interpretation in this country.
Our purpose today is to train, mentor and promote British singers in the┬áGerman Romantic repertoire ÔÇô mainly in the works of Wagner, but also┬áincluding those of Richard Strauss. With the direct involvement of BritainÔÇÖs┬ámost senior and distinguished artists, we are nurturing singers who are┬áusually mid-career and who are discovering that their voices are growing into┬áheavier and more dramatic repertoire.
In pursuit of these aims, our specific objectives are:
To encourage a wider appreciation of WagnerÔÇÖs music, through presentation┬áof workshops, masterclasses, lectures, public concerts, study days and open┬árehearsals 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┬átranslation that follow the spirit of the composerÔÇÖs original directions whilst┬ámaking them valid to audiences of today
To encourage Wagner enthusiasts to contribute towards achieving the above┬áobjectives and help promote the next generation of Wagner singers
Like many educational programmes, we need to raise money to fund our┬áoperation. We have ambitious plans to expand our work and our network of┬ásupporters over the next years. Mastersingers is a registered charity and as┬ásuch receives no public funding. Our work is entirely dependent on the┬ágenerosity of individual and corporate benefactors.