• Tristan und Isolde ©Charles Duprat
  • Tristan und Isolde ©Charles Duprat
  • Tristan und Isolde ©Charles Duprat
  • Tristan und Isolde ©Charles Duprat

Tristan und Isolde: Paris Opera

Paris, Opéra Bastille — Main Auditorium

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Richard Wagner’s composition of Tristan und Isolde goes far beyond any simple operatic gesture. His libretto transcends the medieval legend in a metaphysical view of love with its tensions and pessimism. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the saga of a love too huge for the material world.

Peter Sellars’ production pours oil onto this troubled sea of emotions in an almost dematerialised setting bared of all earthly contingencies whilst Bill Viola presents the lovers’ initiatory quest for nirvana in videos detached from the stage, suspended like altarpieces. The association of these two major artists gives birth to a unique, holistic work of art.

Performed in German

Cast / Production

Gustavo Dudamel: Conductor
Peter Sellars: Stage director
Bill Viola: Video
Martin Pakledinaz: Costumes
James F. Ingalls: Lighting
José Luis Basso: Chorus master

Michael Weinius: Tristan
Eric Owens: König Marke
Mary Elizabeth Williams: Isolde
Ryan Speedo Green: Kurwenal
Ukka von der Damerau: Brangäne
Neal Cooper: Melot
NN: Ein Steuermann


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