Claudio Abbado conducts Richard Strauss and Wagner — With Renée Fleming, Violeta Urmana, René Pape...

2004 Lucerne Festival Opening Concert

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Renée Fleming — Soprano

John Treleaven — Tristan

Violeta Urmana — Isolde

René Pape — King Marke

Mihoko Fujimura — Brangäne

Ralf Lukas — Melot

Peter Brechbühler — Kurwenal

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Claudio Abbado — Conductor

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Renée Fleming and Claudio Abbado, Strauss and Wagner: a dream team for a memorable concert.

For the opening of the Lucerne Festival in August 2004, Claudio Abbado chose the emotion of a voice. The whole realm of the possibilities offered by the voice are here: the melodic side of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs and the operatic depth of the second act of Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, performed in one go.

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