Tristan und Isolde

By Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner’s poetic and musical realisation of this familiar tale has been hailed as a landmark moment in the development of Western classical music, and its sphere of influence continues to this day.

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In 2003 Glyndebourne premiered its first ever Wagner production, Nikolaus Lehnhoff's gripping Tristan und Isolde. This 2007 revival stars "the Isolde of our time", Nina Stemme, as the opera’s ill-fated heroine, whose tragic romance has been passed down in legend over ten generations.

Richard Wagner’s poetic and musical realisation of this familiar tale has been hailed as a landmark moment in the development of Western classical music, and its sphere of influence continues to this day. Former Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, brings the iconic score to life in this celebrated performance.

Sung in German with English subtitles.

 

Heading the cast as an ideal Isolde is Swedish soprano Nina Stemme [...] A more completely satisfying performance of the role could not be imagined.   

Musical Criticism

Jirí Belohlávek conducted an intelligent, expansive performance with lustrous playing from the London Philharmonic.   

Evening Standard

I don't think that I have ever witnessed a more perfect realisation of a Wagner opera than this superb Tristan und Isolde.   

The Telegraph

Jirí Belohlávek draws some exceptionally beautiful playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra; tempos are steady and balances are always appropriate.

Classical Source

With a golden tone, endless reserves of power and subtle use of pianissimo, [Nina Stemme] could well be a benchmark Isolde for years to come.  

Bloomberg

 

Tristan und Isolde was staged and recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2007 and is part of the Glyndebourne Collection.

Production photography © Mike Hoban

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