About the opera
- Run time: 5hrs 00min, 2 intermissions
- Sung in: German
- Subtitles: English, German and other languages
- Opera house: Vienna State Opera
Andreas Schager and Anja Kampe are Tristan and Isolde, overwhelmed by their all-consuming love for each other which defies society and the law. Günther Groissböck is a devastating King Marke, the man robbed of his wife by his best friend. Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Isolde’s confidante Brangäne and Iain Paterson as Kurwenal, Tristan’s loyal lieutenant, complete the cast. Philippe Jordan conducts Wagner’s monumental score.
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Vienna State Opera
Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna, Google Maps
How to get there:
Subway: U1, U2, U4 to Karlsplatz
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 to Opernring
Richard Wagner (1813–83) was one of the most significant figures in the history of opera. His works are widely acknowledged as a pinnacle of the operatic repertoire and remain an exhilarating challenge for any opera house.
Wagner controlled all aspects of his theatrical works, writing both the music and the librettos of his operas, giving instructions for scenic design, staging, and action, and conducted most of their premieres. His aesthetic ideal was what he called a Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”), meaning a work in which all art forms are united in the service of drama.
The libretto of Tristan and Iseult is based largely on the 12th-century romance by Gottfried von Strassburg, one of the greatest medieval German poets.
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Tristan: Andreas Schager
König Marke: Günther Groissböck
Isolde: Anja Kampe
Kurwenal: Iain Paterson
Melot: Martin Häßler
Brangäne: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner