The most intense section of the love drama of its day!
It is in the music that the real drama unfolds. That was the intention of the composer, Richard Wagner. Find out for yourself whether that is true when we present the second act of Tristan und Isolde in concert form!
The concert will be available here 31st of January at 18.00.
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The quest for eternal love
The world premiere of Wagner’s opera was in 1865, and it is one of his most popular musical dramas. The story is based on a mediaeval legend. Isolde is to be married to an older king, but it is his young nephew Tristan who is her true love.
The second act, which will now be performed by the Norwegian National Opera, takes us into the story when it is at its most intense: Tristan and Isolde fall utterly in love, the forbidden love is discovered, Tristan is gravely wounded and Isolde wishes to die with him.
This is enacted through what could possibly be the most beautiful music that was ever written. Wagner’s innovative and intense depiction of the strongest feelings imaginable influenced all of western music history.
Established and up-and-coming Wagner singers
On the stage, we have the established Wagner soprano Iréne Theorin as Isolde, Claudia Mahnke as Brangäne and Stephen Milling as King Marke, together with the young American tenor Clay Hilley as Tristan. Hilley has enjoyed great success in several other Wagner roles, including at the Metropolitan Opera, and this is his debut as Tristan in Oslo.
Musical direction is by Edward Gardner, chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015, who has conducted at opera houses including the Metropolitan in New York, La Scala in Milano, Paris Opéra and the Glyndebourne Festival.