Opéra national de Paris
Category Premium : seats in Category + (Optima), a glass of champagne per person in private rooms and one programme per booking.
Address : Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris France
From its beginnings under Louis XIV to the present day, including the construction of the Palais Gamier under Napoleon III, the history of the Paris Opera has been marked by the wishes and whims of the French government. The decision to build a new opera on the Place de la Bastille is no exception, made by Frangois Mitterrand less than a year after being elected President. A competition was organized, and of the 750 projects presented, the one designed by the Uruguayan-Canadian architect Carl Ott won. The new building, whose large ground surface ostentatiously marks the site where the French Revolution broke out, was inaugurated during the bicentennial celebrations of that same Revolution in 1989.
From the Place de la Bastille, the building's glass facade, with its "aleatory" lighting designed by Yann Kersale, suggests the sober modernism of its interior, even more so because the interior uses the same construction materials as the exterior, symbolizing a desire to open out to the public. Once inside, one can discover the warmth of the light wood that adorns the large 2703-seat hall with its proscenium stage. But the building barely stops here, for one must imagine the enormous backstage that takes up 55 per cent of the edifice's total volume, the six underground stories of technical premises, the workshops that make and stock the mobile sets as well as the costumes, not to mention the Gounod Hall, that has a stage identical to the main one, used for rehearsals. Designed around a symmetrical axis that is symbolized by the sculpted tuning forks that decorate the public premises, the Bastille Opera is a formidable computerized machine for staging opera productions, employing the population of a veritable city-within-a-city.
The conductor Myung-Whun Chung faced the difficult task of starting up this machine. The audience discovered productions staged by Bob Wilson or Peter Sellars, which it did not always unanimously applaud. But today, in full possession of its impressive technical means, permitting the rotation of different productions, the Bastille Opera proposes the most diverse performances. Currently managed by Hugues Gall and his music director James Conlon, revivals, premieres and major productions now share the season's billing, at a pace that leaves the audience little respite.
Since 2014, Stépahne Lissner is the Director of the Paris Opera.
Work Approximate Running Time : 240 mn
SUNG IN GERMAN
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE - 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.
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.
Tristan, King Mark, and Yseult all hold love for each other. Tristan haslove, honor, and respect for his uncle who adopted and mentored him;
Yseult is grateful for the kindness that Mark has shown her: and Mark isin love with Yseult and loves Tristan as his son. Every night they eachhave terrible nightmares about their future. Upon discovering their secret love affair, King Mark punishes them by sentencing them to death
Miraculously, Tristan escapes and rescues Yseult and the two hide out inthe 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.
Unfortunately, Tristan dies of grief before the arrival of Yseult, his lover, and on discovering that Tristan is dead, Yseult too dies of heartache.
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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