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Nina Stemme (c) Tanja Niemann

Wagner Tristan und Isolde

From 27 October TO 05 November 2022
Teatro di San Carlo - Napoli
Program

Wagner : Tristan und Isolde 240 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Constantin Trinks
  • Director
    Lluís Pasqual
  • Performers
    Isolde: Nina Stemme
    Tristan: Stuart Skelton
    Brangäne: Okka von der Damerau
    Kurwenal: Brian Mulligan
    König Marke: René Pape
    Melot: Gabriele Ribis
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Teatro di San Carlo - Napoli Location Via San Carlo, 98F - 80132 Napoli Italie

  • Venue's Capacity: 1386

The "San Carlo" is the world's oldest opera house still in activity. Right from the start, in 1737, people came from far and wide to admire the theatre's excellent 42-musician orchestra, and to applaud the castratos trained at the Naples Conservatory (like the famous Farinelli), as well as divas known by their nicknames, "la Parruchierrina," or "la Bastarella," for example. And the house in itself, with its sumptuous architecture and no less than six stories of boxes, was no minor attraction: Stendhal was enchanted by the hall's charm, and Paul Klee was fascinated by what he described as this "superb, heavy, and obscure theatre."

In 1816, fire burned down the theatre, and Ferdinand de Bourbon reconstructed an identical building with amazing speed, for Naples, robbed of its opera house, was plunged in mourning, and threatened to not support its sovereign. Let's not forget that at that time, the reign of Domenico Barbaja (nicknamed "The Prince of Impresarios" by Alexander Dumas) had already begun brilliantly. In 1815. this Milanese ex-cafe waiter, who is often credited with the invention of whipped-cream, had had the brilliant idea of hiring Gioacchino Rossini in person as the theatre's artistic director. This exceptional LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for the San Carlo), while launching, in 1826, a young composer called Vincenzo Bellini. The Neapolitan stage became the place where several singers' careers were made or broken; the famous French tenor Adolphe Nourrit, for example, who considered that the applause had not been sufficient, commited suicide after a performance at the San Carlo. The composer Saverio Mercadante then won the favours of the San Carlo's notorious audience, to such an extent that Verdi at first felt ill at ease in the theatre. Only to better triumph in 1872, when he organized an entire season, and had an orchestra pit added.

During the twentieth century, the stars of the Scala have sometimes overshadowed those of the San Carlo, an historic rivalry that has always existed, in a country where music lovers must choose sides. But the Neapolitan stage defends itself by ever enriching, even to this day, the world's largest repertoire of works ever premiered in an opera house, while legendary singers, such as Beniamino Gigli (who performed in the theatre from 1915 to 1953), have always remained exceptionally faithful to the San Carlo audience, which also happens to be one of the warmest anyone could imagine.

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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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