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Wagner Tristan und Isolde

From 06 April TO 15 April 2023
Nationaltheater - München
Program

Wagner : Tristan und Isolde 240 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Juraj Valcuha
  • Director
    Krzysztof Warlikowski
  • Performers
    Isolde: Anja Harteros
    Tristan: Stuart Skelton
    Brangäne: Jamie Barton
    Kurwenal: Iain Paterson
    König Marke: René Pape
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Spatenhaus an der Oper

Residenzstraße 12

80333 München

 

This offer includes a ticket in the category chosen with the meal before or after the performance (thanks to precise your choice when booking your tickets) at the Spatenhaus an der Oper 

« Dish + Dessert » Drinks not included

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Open daily from 11:30 am to 00:00am, the kitchen closes at 22pm

 

The Spatenhaus an der Oper embodies Bavarian cuisine in its most refined form . Beautifully situated right opposite the Bavarian State Opera is celebrated in the traditional Munich Haus at great expense a fine Bavarian cuisine.

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  • Synopsis

Nationaltheater - München Location Max-Joseph-Platz 2 - 80539 München Allemagne

  • Venue's Capacity: 2100

The history of Munich's actual theatre truly only begins at the end of the eighteenth century. Indeed, after over a century of infatuation for Italian opera, which was manifest in the construction of the Théâtre de la Cour (now called the Théâtre Cuvilliês, still active), local inhabitants began to feel the need for a German lyrical art. German repertoire, as Mozart appealed for, active in Munich especially during the premiere of his IDOMENEO, but also, a German theatre, since the Theatre de la Cour was limited to Italian art. The Napoleonic wars and King Maximilien I's sudden passion for the Odéon Theatre in Paris postponed this project.

The public thus waited until 1818 to discover its « National Theatre, » a subtle and luxurious synthesis of various styles: loggias in the Italian tradition cohabited with innovations from the French school of architecture. One of the noveltieswas a reservoir of water destined to be used in case of fire, but which nevertheless did not save the buildîng from flames in January 1823 ; the water was frozen! The Opera was reconstructed, financed by a special tax on beer: perhaps an original means but one yielding a particularly high return! After these rather tumultuous beginnings, the National Theatre reopened in 1825 and became the hotbed of German lyrical art. Four of Wagner's operas were premiered there between 1365 and 1870 (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Da MEISTERSINGER, DAS RHEINGOLD, and DIE WALKÜRE).

Wagner, of course, but also Mozart and Richard Strauss soon became the pillars of the Theatre's repertoire during the first half of the twentieth century, thanks to the talent of conductors such as Bruno Walter, Hans Knappertsbusch, and... Richard Strauss, himself a native of Munich. Strauss saw two of his operas premiered in his home town: FRIEDENSTAG (Peace Day, 1938!), and CAPRICCIO (1942). The libretto of the latter was elaborated with the help of the conductor Clemens Krauss, who was then Director of the Opera. The fact that the building was destroyed during the war did not prevent the company's tradition from being perpetuated.

Between 1952 and 1967, the institution was directed by Rudolf Hartmann, a former assistant to Richard Strauss and Clemens Krauss. The former 1818 edifice was reconstructed in 1963, after much hesitation as to whether or not to erect a modern hall. The long reign (1971-1992) of conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, a distinguished representative of the tradition composed of rigour and commitment, is an example of the perserverance with which the Bayerische Staatsoper comes to terms with the legacy of its brilliant past.

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Synopsis

Tristan und Isolde

This Wagner’s masterpiece is some revolutionary piece of art; the dramatic love story with its sublime musical accompaniment was quite a shock at the time it premiered and it keeps on provoking the same feelings in the audience making it far more than just a simple opera.

The opera was composed in 1865 by Wagner, who also wrote the libretto, and it is largely based on a play by Gottfried von Strassburg. It is considered one of the most important operas ever composed and undoubtedly the most prominent piece of work written by the German composer. The musical score is often regarded as a landmark for modern 20th century music. His most remarkable feature is the deployment of Harmonic suspension, an artistic device which, through a series of prolonged and unfinished cadences, aims at causing a music tension by creating expectations and desires which are resolved only at the end.

HISTORY
Tristan et Yseult, a captivating opera, is one of the most beautiful operas ever performed.
It achieved great recognition during the era of French medieval poetry and was inspired by archetypal Celtic legends.
It deals with an adulterous love between a knight (Tristan) and a princess (yseult). The play is approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes of captivating dramatic scenes.

Act 1
The beginning is filled with impeccable sweet notes of music and dance routines. Upon defeating Morholt the Irish knight, Tristan is shown making his way to Ireland to retrieve a fair maiden (Yseult) for his uncle King Mark to marry. On their way, they drink a love potion which makes them fall into a deep love affair. Despite getting married to King
Mark, Yseult and Tristan become lovers due to the effects of the love potion. They find themselves in a love triangle which they cannot control.

Act 2
Tristan, King Mark, and Yseult all hold love for each other. Tristan has love, honor, and respect for his uncle who adopted and mentored him;
Yseult is grateful for the kindness that Mark has shown her: and Mark is in love with Yseult and loves Tristan as his son. Every night they each have terrible nightmares about their future. Upon discovering their secret love affair, King Mark punishes them by sentencing them to death

Act 3
Miraculously, Tristan escapes and rescues Yseult and the two hide out in the forest of Morrois where they are later discovered by Mark. They both make peace when Tristan agrees to return Yseult and leave the country. Tristan then travels to Brittany and marries a girl named Yseult of the White hands. Later on Mark inflicts a wound on Tristan with a poisoned lance while the latter is playing a harp for Yseult.
Tristan falls ill and his friend, Kahedin, sets off to find his lover, Yseult who is the only person who can heal him.

Epilogue
Unfortunately, Tristan dies of grief before the arrival of Yseult, his lover, and on discovering that Tristan is dead, Yseult too dies of heartache.

MAIN ROLES
Tristan, Yseults lover, tenor
Yseult, Tristan's' lover, soprano
King Mark, Yseults husband and King of Cornwall, bass
Morholt, The Irish knight, tenor Kahedin, Tristan's' friend, baritone
Yseult of the White Hands, Tristan's' wife, soprano

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