Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

With Klaus Florian Vogt (Tristan) and Camilla Nylund (Isolde) — Conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Semperoper Dresden

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Dagmar Niefind-Marelli — Costumes

Friedewalt Degen — Lighting designer

Alexander Bülow — Stage music

Klaus Florian Vogt — Tristan

Camilla Nylund — Isolde

Georg Zeppenfeld — Marke, King of Cornwall

Martin Gantner — Kurwenal

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner — Brangäne

Sebastian Wartig — Melot

Attilio Glaser — A Shepherd / A Young Sailor

Lawson Anderson — A Helmsman

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden

André Kellinghaus — Chorus director

Staatskapelle Dresden

Christian Thielemann — Conductor

Program notes

One of the greatest operas ever composed reaches "a new level of excellence" (Seen and Heard International) at the Dresden Semperoper! Wagner's medieval-inspired Tristan und Isolde depicts the tragic and torrid love story of the titular duo, performed to perfection by two Wagnerian experts: tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, already renowned for his turns in Lohengrin and Parsifal, and soprano Camilla Nylund, fresh from a rapturously received Brünnhilde in Götterdämmerung in Zürich.

On the legendary stage of the Semperoper—which saw the first performances of Tannhäuser and The Flying Dutchman, and where Wagner himself once served as music director for the Dresden Staatskapelle—this striking production, after the classic 1995 staging by Marco Arturo Marelli, plunges us headlong into this epic romance. Bound for Ireland, where she has been promised to King Marke (a superb Georg Zeppenfeld), Isolde initially bears hatred and resentment for Tristan, who killed her previous fiancé. But when the pair fall under the spell of a love potion, their lamentable fate is sealed… The intrigue unfolds in blue-tinted mystery amid starkly lit and sharply angular sets, a poetic accompaniment to Wagner's score—conducted by the great Christian Thielemann and performed by a world-class cast, revolutionary from the first chord…

Photo © Semperoper Dresden / Ludwig Olah

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