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About Tristan and Isolde
By night, they share a perfect passion. By day, honour and duty stand between them. Is death their only hope of everlasting night?
An epic drama told on a grand scale, Tristan and Isolde will be an unmissable highlight of ENO’s 2015/16 Season. From the opening bars of the prelude with its famous Tristan chord, Wagner’s powerful opera is one of the most significant pieces in the repertoire.
ENO’s first new production of Tristan and Isolde since 1996 is directed by ‘theatre’s most exciting young director’ (Daily Telegraph) Daniel Kramer. His previous work at ENO includes Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Punch and Judy at the Young Vic, for which he won the South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. For this spectacular staging, Kramer collaborates with designer Anish Kapoor, one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.
Following 2015’s Olivier Award-winning production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, this thrilling score is conducted by former ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, ‘whose immaculate sense of balance and flow denotes a great Wagner conductor’ (The Stage). An exceptional cast is led by the outstanding Wagnerian Heldentenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, with American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton as Isolde.