Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' from the Royal Opera House
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Isolde gives Tristan a deadly potion that does not serve its purpose and actually binds the two closer together.
Wagner's Tristan und Isolde premiered on June 10, 1865 in Paris. Now, 150 years later, the piece is recognized as a revolutionary turning point in the history of opera.
Join us on Saturday at 1 pm for a performance recorded in December 2014 at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. The London cast includes American tenor Stephen Gould as Tristan, Swedish soprano Nina Stemme as the Irish princess Isolde, and British bass John Tomlinson as Marke, King of Cornwall and Isolde’s betrothed.
Audiences will be captured by the romantic tragedy that tells the story of secret and forbidden love. After Isolde is married, the two continue to meet, but when they are discovered, Tristan allows himself to be injured in the ensuing violence. King Marke finally allows Tristan and Isolde to be together, however it’s too late. Isolde holds Tristan in her arms as he takes his last few breaths.
The opera was performed in a contemporary production by Christof Loy with Antonio Pappano conducting.
Tristan: Stephen Gould
Isolde: Nina Stemme
Brangane: Sarah Connolly
Kurwenal: Iain Paterson
Marke: John Tomlinson
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
MUSIC: Richard Wagner
LIBRETTO: Richard Wagner
DIRECTOR: Christof Loy