Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

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The Wagner anniversary year may be starting to wind down but there's still plenty to be savored on the Saturday afternoon broadcasts. In this week's edition from Houston Grand Opera, Ben Heppner and Nine Stemme star as the doomed lovers. The protagonists' friends, Brangäne and Kurwenal, are played by Claudia Mahnke and Ryan McKinny. And Isolde's humiliated bridegroom, King Marke, is played by bass Christof Fischesser.

Cast:

Isolde    Nina Stemme
Tristan    Ben Heppner
Brangaene   Claudia Mahnke
Kurwenal   Ryan McKinny
King Marke   Christof Fischesser

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Christof Loy
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Richard Bado