Tristan und Isolde

Richard Wagner

Music drama in three acts
Libretto: Richard Wagner after Gottfried von Strassburg
Premiere: 12.06.2016
Co-produced by: Metropolitan Opera, New York
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

In the original German with Polish surtitles

Tristan und Isolde is one of the few operas whose historical significance goes far beyond the history of opera. This masterpiece sums up a century and a half of tonal harmony and is armed to the teeth with the ammunition which was taken over at the beginning of the twentieth century by the most ambitious Wagnerian disciples and emboldened them to proclaim their sound anarchy.

Above all, however, Tristan remains the greatest incarnation of the Liebestod concept developed by the German Romantics. This quite mysterious term, indeed difficult to translate (‘death of love’ sounds rather pretentious and puts one in mind of Barbara Cartland novels), can already partially refer to The Flying Dutchman, yet in Tristan Wagner offers us a true meditation on this idea.

The Warsaw premiere of Tristan und Isolde will be of historical significance for us. It will predate by a couple of months the opening of the 2016/17 season at the Metropolitan Opera, from the directorial point of view entrusted – a fact unprecedented in the history of Polish theatre – to the artistic director of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, Mariusz Treliński.



Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Dancers and mimes


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