Legendary director Peter Sellars recreates his awe-inspiringproduction in Toronto, starring two of the world's leadingdramatic singers Ben Heppner and Melanie Diener.
Excerpt from Tristan und Isolde, Deutsche Grammophon 477 5355.Staatskapelle Dresden and Rundfunkchor Leipzig,Carlos Kleiber, conductor. René Kollo, Margaret Price,Kurt Moll, Brigitte Fassbaender, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
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This is a unique opportunity to experience
the immersive sensuality of Bill Viola’s
stunning video-imagery, set to Wagner’s
In this famous legend, a love-potion
binds Tristan to Isolde. Their yearning for
unattainable unity reaches its rapturous
resolution in a love which can only be
fulfilled by death.
“[I] came away in something like [a] state
of dazed bliss… the images seemed to arise
from the subconscious of the score, from
the mysterious nexus where words become
notes.” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker)
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately four hours, 50 minutes including two intermissions.
Sung in German with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Peter Sellars
Video: Bill Viola
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Tristan: Ben Heppner / Michael Baba
Isolde: Melanie Diener / Margaret Jane Wray
Brangäne: Daveda Karanas
Kurwenal: Alan Held
Recreation of the Opéra national de Paris Production
Top: Daveda Karanas as Brangäne, Ben Heppner as Tristan and Melanie Diener as Isolde in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tristan und Isolde, 2013. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2013
Thumbnail: Melanie Diener as Isolde and Ben Heppner as Tristan in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tristan und Isolde, 2013. Photo © Michael Cooper 2013
Generously underwritten by Lisa Balfour Bowen and Walter M. Bowen; Cecily and Robert Bradshaw; Philip Deck and Kimberley Bozak; Donald O’Born; Tim and Frances Price; Colleen Sexsmith; Sandra L. Simpson; and, Ryerson and Michele Symons.
Please note special start times.