Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser

Calixto Bieito (stage director), Omer Meir Wellber (conductor) — With Paul McNamara (Tannhäuser), Christoph Pohl (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Cameron Becker (Walter von der Vogelweide)

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Calixto Bieito — Scenography

Rebecca Ringst — Set designer

Ingo Krügler — Costume designer

Michael Bauer — Lighting

Pavlo Balakin — Bass (Hermann, Landgrave de Thuringe)

Paul McNamara — Tenor (Tannhäuser)

Christoph Pohl — Baritone (Wolfram von Eschenbach)

Cameron Becker — Tenor (Walter von der Vogelweide)

Alessio Cacciamani — Bass (Biterolf)

Paolo Antognetti — Tenor (Heinrich der Schreiber)

Mattia Denti — Bass (Reinmar von Zweter)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice

Claudio Marino Moretti — Chorus director

Omer Meir Wellber — Conductor

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Rediscover this inimitable fixture of the operatic repertoire in the mythical Teatro La Fenice, Venice, in a brilliant staging by Calixto Bieito, with the energetic Paul McNamara in the title role. Inspired by the historical figure of Tannhäuser, a minnesänger (minstrel) of the 13th century, as well as the medieval legend surrounding the singing competition held in Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany, Wagner's masterwork explores the opposition between spiritual and carnal love, respectively embodied by the personalities of Elisabeth and Venus. First deemed scandalous through the themes that it displays, the work, which was misunderstood in the days of its premiere, is now considered a turning point in the history of the genre...

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