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By night, they share a perfect passion. But for Princess Isolde and her lover Tristan, every day is any agony of separation. Can they shrug off the bonds of honour and duty that keep them apart? Or is death their only hope of everlasting night?
One of the most famous tales of the Western culture, it was made popular in the 12th century through French medieval poetry. The origin of the tale though is strongly tied to England as it is though to have been inspired by the Celtic legend or Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere. Its influence on Western art is undoubtedly strong as it was one of the first ones to show the idea of romantic love and since then, this motive was replicated by dozens and hundreds or writers, composers and painters.
An epic drama told on a grand scale, Tristan and Isolde will be an unforgettable highlight of ENO’s 2015/16 Season. From the opening bars of the prelude with its famous Tristan chord, Wagner’s powerful opera is one of the most significant pieces in the repertoire.
ENO’s first new production of Tristan and Isolde since 1996, staged at the London Coliseum, is directed by ‘theatre’s most exciting young director’ (Daily Telegraph) Daniel Kramer, with designs from Anish Kapoor, one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.
The thrilling score is conducted by former ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, ‘whose immaculate sense of balance and flow denotes a great Wagner conductor’ (The Stage).
The exceptional cast is led by the outstanding Wagnerian Heldentenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, with American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton as Isolde.
Running time5 hours including two intervals
Performance dates9 June to 9 July 2016
Under 5s not admitted. Sung in English with surtitles projected above the stage.