Gran Teatre del Liceu to stage a version of Richard Wagner's masterpiece by Fura dels Baus with stage direction by Àlex Ollé.
When talk turns to opera, there's a small selection of works by the great masters that always appear among those chosen by the specialists as the indisputable best in the genre. It might be overbold to say that 'Tristan und Isolde' is the best opera ever written, but without doubt it is up there with the greats and it also has an essential quality: it was a revolutionary opera, anticipating the future of music for the next 150 years, and is also one of the most intense and complete love stories in the history of literature. When he was setting about writing the libretto, Wagner turned to Medieval stories and the legend of King Arthur to depict the romance between Tristan, one of the knights of the Round Table, and Isolde, the daughter of the King of Ireland, who was abducted by Tristan in order to offer her in marriage to Marke, King of Wales. Happenstance causes the protagonists to fall in love and events take a truly tragic turn. The premiere will be on 28 November at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
This production also boasts a spectacular cast, with Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin - one of the finest Wagnerian voices of the century - as Isolde, and German tenor Stefan Vinke as Tristan; King Marke will be played by the great German bass-britone Albert Dohmen, while the role of Brangäne will be played by the exceptional Sarah Connolly. All the singers will be directed by Josep Pons, and the production - very symbolic and psychological, as corresponds to Tristan und Isolde, will be by Àlex Ollé, of the Fura dels Baus.
Tickets are one sale at the following link.
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