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Opera

Tristan
und Isolde

Richard Wagner

Presentation

‘As I have never truly experienced the happiness of love in my life,’ Richard Wagner wrote to Franz Liszt in December 1854, ‘I would like to erect a monument to this most beautiful of all dreams, a work in which this love can be expressed to the full.’ At the time, he was writing the first outlines of Tristan und Isolde. Wagner conceived his opera as an extended dialogue between two lovers, Tristan of Cornwall and Isolde, an Irish princess who had been married off to King Marke. Tristan und Isolde is Wagner’s hymn to love and death, and in his harmonies, melodies, and aesthetics he resolutely explored new directions. Ralf Pleger, a prize-winning director of innovative musical films, is aiming for an immersion in the Wagnerian combination of words and music in partnership with the visual artist Alexander Polzin. Their approach allows Alain Altinoglu every opportunity to let the cosmic dimension of the score ring out clearly.

Synopsis

Tristan, King Marke’s most loyal vassal, takes the Irish princess Isolde to Cornwall to be married off to his master. During the journey, Isolde uses a deadly poison in an attempt to extinguish the intense but unspoken love between her and Tristan that had arisen beforehand. Isolde’s confidante Brangäne, however, replaces the poison with a love potion. From that moment, Tristan and Isolde become inseparably linked. Their secret love is soon betrayed to King Marke by the jealous Melot, who also fatally wounds Tristan. He is brought to his island, longing for one final meeting with Isolde before he dies. When she eventually comes, he himself pulls open his wound and collapses in her arms. Isolde follows him, dying in the most sublime ecstasy.

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Cast
Cast

ConductorALAIN ALTINOGLU
Artistic conceptRALF PLEGER & ALEXANDER POLZIN
DirectorRALF PLEGER
Set designALEXANDER POLZIN
CostumesWOJCIECH DZIEDZIC
LightingJOHN TORRES
Assistant lightingKATE BASHORE
ChoreographyFERNANDO MELO
Chorus masterMARTINO FAGGIANI

TristanBRYAN REGISTER
CHRISTOPHER VENTRIS (4, 7, 10, 16, 19)

König MarkeFRANZ-JOSEF SELIG
IsoldeANN PETERSEN
KELLY GOD (4, 7)
RICARDA MERBETH (10, 16, 19)

KurwenalANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS
BrangäneNORA GUBISCH
EVE-MAUD HUBEAUX (4, 7, 10, 16, 19)

Melot / Ein SteuermannWIARD WITHOLT
Ein Hirt / Ein junger SeemannED LYON

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and male Chorus

ProductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIE
Co-productionTEATRO COMMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

With the support of THE BELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S TAX SHELTER, IN COOPERATION WITH PROSPERO MM PRODUCTIONS SA/NV AND TAXSHELTER.BE, POWERED BY ING

Agenda

Agenda