Wagner's Tannhäuser

Staatskapelle Berlin

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Sasha Waltz — Choreographer, stage director
Bernd Skodzig — Costume designer
Pia Maier Schriever — Set designer
David Finn — Lighting
Jens Schroth — Dramaturgy
René Pape — Hermann, Landgrave of Thuringia
Peter Seiffert — Tannhäuser
Peter Sonn — Walther von der Vogelweide
Peter Mattei — Wolfram von Eschenbach
Tobias Schabel — Biterolf
Jürgen Sacher — Henrich der Schreiber
Jan Martiník — Reinmar von Zweter
Marina Prudenskaya — Venus
Ann Petersen — Elisabeth, the Landgrave’s niece
Chor der Staatsoper Berlin
Martin Wright — Chorus director

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Join maestro Daniel Barenboim and René Pape in an exceptional performance of Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Schiller Theater Berlin!

In 1882, Wagner described his fifth opera Tannhäuser as a “romantic grand opera”, but later elevated its status to a “consummate drama”—honoring its epic scale and revolutionary orchestration. Premiered under the composer’s own baton in 1845, the opera blends tradition with innovation by combining mythological elements characteristic of the German Romantische Oper and the medieval setting of many French grand operas. The plot features fantastical protagonists based on the German legends of the medieval Minnesänger Tannhäuser and the Wartburg Song Contest, alongside the folk tale of Venus and her subterranean realm, Venusberg. The opposition of sacred and profane love lies at the heart of this masterpiece, which remains a staple of major opera house repertoire in the 21st century.



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Venue: Schiller Theater Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Production date: 2014
Recording date: © Bel Air Media - Mezzo - unitel - France 2014
Production: © Bel Air Media - Mezzo - unitel - France 2014

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