Curious that the ROH have scheduled for the depths of mid-winter this revival of a work that is the embodiment of balmy summer evenings, but we must be thankful for this live broadcast at 2.45pm on New Year's day. Two excellent new Mastersingers from WNO and Glyndebourne in as many years rendered attending this revival inessential for me, despite the excellence of the production. The cast
does not excite in the way that those of the other two recent productions did. And although a great admirer of Pappano, he has failed to convince me in any of the Wagner I have seen him conduct. I look forward to having my prejudices overturned.