The New York Met has produced some fine operas over the years, many of them, much to the delight of opera fans, are now available on glorious DVD. This is an example of what could be achieved with tremendous production values; a brilliant orchestra led by maestro James Levine, and a wonderful cast led by the veteran James Morris. Its a fantastic achievement all round. The lovely Karita Mattila is in fine singing voice, aided by Jill Grove as her friend Magdalene. Ben Heppner has a wonderful consistant tone as Stolzing although he may not look the part, he does sing with much passion and style. The well known Baritone Thomas Allen brings the difficult part of Beckmesser alive with much charm and humour. You cannot help feeling quite sorry for him during the climax of the opera. And of course, James Morris, who after his successful role as Wotan in the mighty Tetralogy Des Nibelungen sings the taxing role of Hans Sach with great determination, skill and much warmth. I do not think I have seen a production of Meisteringers which match Wagners production notes. I do think he would have been quite pleased with it. Picture and sound is very good indeed, especially if you have a 5:1 Surround System. A very good buy.