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Opera: Prize Song from Wagner's Die Meistersinger

Here is a List of great performances of Walter's aria

Leo Slezak 1928

"Slezak recorded this aria many times, beginning in the era of 4 minute cylinders. The earliest recording may date from 1901. I believe this to be the last he made, in 1928. The previous recording of it was 1914, and there is nothing here that suggest so early a date."

Walter Widdop (in English)

It is sung in English: "Morning was gleaming..." Later, "Darkness had fallen and night cloaked..." The opera is about a young knight, Walther von Stolzing, who visits Nuremberg.

Johan Botha - 2008

Johan Botha Wiener Staatsoper 2008 c. Christian Thielemann South African, tenor Johan Botha sings Walter's prize song from Die Meistersinger von Nurnbeg with one of (the, in my opinion) greatest living conductors, Christian Thielemann, at the helm of the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus.

Raymond Verry 2008

Proms 2008 concert performance

Jon Vickers (in English) 1957

Joan Sutherland - Jon Vickers - James Pease Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Conductor: Rafael Kubelik 5 May 1957

Max Lorenz (Bayreuth 1943)

Walther von Stolzing: Max Lorenz
Hans Sachs: Jaro Prohaska
Veit Pogner: Josef Greindl
Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele Musikalische Leitung: Wilhelm Furtwängler Bayreuth, 15.07.1943

Wolfgang Windgassen - Bayreuth 1963

"The rarest video from a legendary Wieland Wagners production - Bayreuth 1963

Hans Sachs - Josef Greindl
Walther von Stolzing - Wolfgang Windgassen
Regie - Wieland Wagner
Dirigent - Thomas Schippers