from Act II of the German opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Role: Hans Sachs
, a cobbler
Voice Part: baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: a square in Nuremburg, Germany, mid-sixteenth century
Synopsis: Sachs contemplates the trial song he heard from the Guild candidate Walter earlier that day. He isn't quite sure why but he is struck by its purity and beauty. He knows that the other Masters disliked it greatly but he really loved it.