The premiere of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Budapest on June 8th (as part of this year’s Wagner in Budapest – or Bayreuth by the Danube – festival), conducted by Adam Fischer and in which James Rutherford sings Hans Sachs, brings to a close a season of major Wagner appearances for the artist.
Since his first Hans Sachs in Graz in 2009, James Rutherford has taken this signature role to the Bayreuth Festival (the 2010 and 2011 Festivals) and this season began with his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Hans Sachs (returning for Strauss’ Jochanaan) and it was as Sachs that he returned to the Hamburg Opera in performances conducted by Simone Young. He sang his first Dutchman in Der Fliegende Holländer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons and travelled to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, where he recorded a solo Wagner album under the baton of Andrew Litton for BIS Records.
In London he sang his first Wotan (Die Walküre Act 3) in the Wagner birth-date concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis.
Verdi’s bicentenary was marked by James’ first assumption of the title role in Falstaff for Graz Opera (following both Iago and Germont for that house)..
And James will begin the coming season singing his first Kurwenal for Washington National Opera in their season-opening performances of Tristan und Isolde under music director Philippe Auguin.