Tristan und Isolde

Author: C Major Entertainment

Daniel Barenboim conducts Tristan und Isolde in a new audacious production by Russian stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov.

  • Tristan und Isolde | Copyright: © Monika Rittershaus

    Tristan und Isolde © Monika Rittershaus

  • Tristan und Isolde | Copyright: © Monika Rittershaus

    Tristan und Isolde © Monika Rittershaus

  • Tristan und Isolde | Copyright: © Monika Rittershaus

    Tristan und Isolde © Monika Rittershaus

If there is one work that has been crucial to Barenboim’s conducting career, it has to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. From Bayreuth to Berlin through Milan and New-York, the Argentinian conductor has been working on piercing its secrets for more than 35 years, going as far as to author a book on the subject.

In the pit of the newly renovated Staatsoper and at the head of the Staatskapelle Berlin, he once again makes magic happen. Dmitri Tcherniakov, no stranger to the work for having already staged it at the Mariinsky in 2005, delves into the psychological aspects of the drama and works to make the mythical lovers as relatable to as possible. He thus gives a new realistic depth to this opus, probably the most fascinating and odd among the wagnerian corpus.

The Act III, which sees the tragic end of Tristan und Isolde’s doomed love affair, is striking by its powerful simplicity, and the famous Liebestod, where Isolde bids farewell to her dead lover, reaches unparalleled levels of emotionality and intensity.

Thanks to his demanding direction of the cast, but also to the precise light work by Gleb Filshtinsky, Tcherniakov once again manages to craft intense images which effectively resonate with the rapturous and voluptuous enchantments of the score. To complete this high-level artistic crew, the Staatsoper called upon some of the finest Wagner experts: Andreas Schager, already a superb Parsifal and a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival, is Tristan, Anja Kampe is an unforgettable Isolde, and Ekaterina Gubanova thrills as Brangäne.

Original title Tristan und Isolde
Genre Opera
Recording location Staatsoper unter den Linden, March 2018
Duration 250 mins
Production Company Bel Air Media, Mezzo, Staatsoper unter den Linden, Unitel
Composer Richard Wagner
Orchestra / Band Staatskapelle Berlin
Conductor Daniel Barenboim
Choir Staatsopernchor Berlin
Stage Director Dmitri Tcherniakov
Soloist Andreas Schager, Anja Kampe, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stephen Milling, Stephan Rügamer



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