from Act I, Scene 2 of the German opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Role: Walter von Stolzing
, a young knight from Franconia
Voice Part: tenor
Setting: a makeshift arena, Nuremburg, Germany, mid-sixteenth century
Synopsis: Walter is asked by the Masters what kind of training he had. He tells them his educational background, which isn't very substantial. The people who could recommend him are now dead and the rest of his learning comes from his life experiences.