from Act I, Scene 2 of the German opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Role: Veit Pogner
, a goldsmith, father of Eva
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass
Setting: a makeshift arena, Nuremburg, Germany, mid-sixteenth century
Synopsis: Pogner arrives and tells everyone why he decided to hold a song contest with his daughter as the prize. Apparently, Nuremburg is perceived by others as a pretty boring place. So, Pogner figures that a song contest would show everyone else that Nuremburg is much more exciting than they previously thought.