Peter Seller/Bill Viola's, Tristan und Isolde to reach Canada in 2013 - with a rotating cast

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 | 6:27:00 pm

Peter Seller/Bill Viola's,  Tristan und Isolde is to be premiered at Canadian Opera Company in February 2013. Known in the USA as the "Tristan Project" and elsewhere as simply Perter Sellers Tristan und Isolde the production finally arrives in Canada. Whether you consider it staged or semi staged seems to still be a matter of opinion. The role  of Tristan will rotate between Ben Heppner (back at COC after 18 years) and  Burkhard Fritz, while Melanie Diener and   Margaret Jane Wray will rotate through Isolde (full details below).

Also to be revived is Atom Egoyan's Salome. Again, full details below. Also below is a video discussing all of the 2012/2013  season

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan: Ben Heppner (Jan. 29, Feb. 2, 14, 17, 20)
              Burkhard Fritz (Feb. 8, 23)
Isolde: Melanie Diener (Jan. 29, Feb. 2, 14, 17, 20)
             Margaret Jane Wray (Feb. 8, 23)
Brangäne: Daveda Karanas
Kurwenal: Alan Held
King Marke of Cornwall: Franz-Josef Selig
Melot: Ryan McKinny
Steersman: Robert Gleadow

Creative Team

Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek
Director: Peter Sellars
Video: Bill Viola
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Designer: James F. Ingalls
Chorus Master: Sandra Horst
With the COC Orchestra and Chorus



Salome: Erika Sunnegårdh
Jochanaan: Martin Gantner (Apr. 21, 27, May 1, 4)
                    Alan Held (May 7, 10, 16, 22)
Herod: Richard Margison
Herodias: Julia Luon
Narraboth: Nathaniel Peake
Page: Maya Lahyani

Creative Team

Conductor: Johannes Debus / Derek Bate (May 22) Director: Atom Egoyan
Choreographer: Serge Bennathan
Set Designer: Derek McLane
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Michael Whitfield
Projections Designer: Phillip Barker
Puppetry: Clea Minaker
Chorus Master: Sandra Horst
With the COC Orchestra