Where and when to listen to: Bayreuth 2011: Tristan und Isolde

Written By The Wagnerian on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 | 4:43:00 pm

"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true. --Spock in 'Amok Time'

Following yesterdays Tannhauser, next-up (well to be broadcasted anyway): another revival of Christoph Marthaler's Tristan und Isolde for Vulcans (I.E. Tristan without emotion - you see there was a reason for the Spock quote). By the way, the next new production of Tristan at Bayreuth (they do so love a revival after all) will not be until 2015's Katharina Wagner's production - papier-mâché mask makers; get your tenders in now.


Of course, this production is now available on DVD so at least you need not struggle to find out what is happening on stage as you listen. There is a good  overview (at least it is balanced) of the production over at Musical Criticism - click here to read. Obviously, there are a lot of snippets on youtube and I include some here for your consideration.

So without fiurther ado, where, when and who:

When to Listen:

Friday, 29 July, from 15.57 (CET)


Where to Listen:





The Cast

Conductor - Peter Schneider




Director of the revival - Anna-Sophie Mahler


Stage design - Anna Viebrock


Costumes - Anna Viebrock


Choral Conducting - Eberhard Friedrich


Dramaturgy - Malte Ubenauf




Marke - Robert Holl




Kurwenal - Jukka Rasilainen


Melot - Ralf Lukas


Brangäne - Michelle Breedt


Junger Seemann - C - lemens Bieber


Ein Hirt - Arnold Bezuyen


Ein Steuermann - Martin Snell