Tristan und Isolde - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2014) - Tristan und Isolde - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2014)

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Richard Wagner described Tristan und Isolde as ‘the most audacious and original work of my life’. The opera is a landmark in Western music. Wagner’s musical innovations, daring use of harmony and depiction of extreme emotions have influenced generations of artists. The opera draws on the Celtic legend of Tristan and Iseult, and explores the theme of eternal love through sublime music.

The divide between the real and the metaphysical worlds is powerfully conveyed in Christof Loy’s contemporary production. King Marke’s court is depicted as an elegant dinner party, divided from the world of Tristan and Isolde’s transcendent love by a curtain. As the opera progresses, the characters move between the sphere of private emotions at the front of the stage and the artificial ‘public world’ at the back. Loy’s subtle staging draws attention to the beauty of Wagner’s score, highlights of which include the Act I Prelude, the lovers’ ecstatic duet in Act II and Isolde’s Act III aria ‘Mild und leise’, in which she bids farewell to the world.

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Christof Loy

Antonio Pappano

Stephen Gould

John Tomlinson

Nina Stemme

Iain Paterson

Neal Cooper

Sarah Connolly

Luis Gomes

Yuriy Yurchuk

Ed Lyon

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König Marke





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Ein Steuermann

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