from Act I, Scene 2 of the German opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Role: Fritz Kothner
, a baker
Voice Part: bass Fach: heavy bass
Setting: a makeshift arena, Nuremburg, Germany, mid-sixteenth century
Synopsis: Kothner recites the long and confusing rules of becoming a Mastersinger. If Walter breaks seven of the rules while he sings his trial song, the Guild will not allow him to join.