Available on 08.07.2021
Thursday 8 July 2021
Opera

Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner

conductor Sir Simon Rattle — stage director Simon Stone

Recording Date
8 July 2021
Languages
Performance in German subtitled in French and German
Filmed by
Bel Air
Distribution area
Video available all over the world
Video available for replay until
01.11.2021
Photo credits
Jean-Louis Fernandez
ACTION IN THREE ACTS
LIBRETTO BY RICHARD WAGNER
FIRST PERFORMED THE 10TH OF JUNE 1865 AT THE ROYAL THEATER OF THE COURT OF BAVARIA IN MUNICH

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
A COPRODUCTION WITH LES THÉÂTRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG

Conductor
Sir Simon Rattle
Stage Director
Simon Stone
Stage Designer
Ralph Myers
Costume Designer & Original Concept
Mel Page
Costumes, additional creations
Ralph Myers, Blanca Añón García
Lighting Designer
James Farncombe
Video
Luke Halls
Choreography
Arco Renz
Assistant to the Conductor
Gregor Amadeus Mayrhofer
Vocal Coaches
Levi Hammer, Rupert Dussmann
Assistants to the Stage Director
Robin Ormond, Ewa Rucinska
Assistant to the Set Director
Blanca Añón García
Assistante to the Costumes Designer
Angèle Mignot
Tristan
Stuart Skelton
Isolde
Nina Stemme
Brangäne
Jamie Barton
Kurwenal
Josef Wagner
König Marke
Franz-Josef Selig
Melot
Dominic Sedgwick
Ein Hirt / Stimme eines jungen Seemanns
Linard Vrielink
Ein Steuermann
Ivan Thirion*
Extra
Clément Amézieux, Sarah Anthony, Laetitia Beauvais, Elia Ben Nafla, Sidney Cadot-Sambosi, Edgar Chermette (child), Céline Deest, Latifa Elatrassi, Laurent Ernst, Antoine Fichaux, Jean-Marc Fillet, Ali Himene, Samuel Karpienia, Inès Latorre, Laurie Ravaux
Extra
Timothé Rieu (child), Leila Saadali, Franck Soussou, Ruddy Sylaire, Emile Yebdri
Chorus
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Chorus Master
Lodewijk van der Ree
Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
*former artist of the Académie

I liked Tristan best of all. Oh, how I loved Tristan, with his night and the interminable death rattle in his throat.

Paul Claudel, in a letter from 1907

Honour called for a death potion; the subconscious responded with a love potion. And forbidden passion, repressed for so long, suddenly burst into the light, shattering all the barriers. Uncontrollable desire has never been expressed as powerfully as by Wagner in Tristan und Isolde, the most absolute representation of love-as-passion in the West. But is this perpetual devouring, which is as painful as it is orgasmic, a form of mystic knowledge or a dangerous illusion? For this sacred pair of lovers, dissolution into the eternal night seems like the only possible way out. Wagner feared that his opera would drive people insane; but for audience members immersed in the endless melody until the final climax, Tristan und Isolde offers a unique experience. And to do the smouldering content and the purity of the form justice, it takes the infinite talent of Sir Simon Rattle conducting the London Symphony Orchestra; Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton, the legendary artists in the title roles; and Simon Stone, the ideal director to reveal what a black sun signifies to today’s audience.