12th May

Met's encore stream: Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' with Eaglen, Pape, Heppner and Dalayman from New York

Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' is an opera, or music drama, in three acts to a German libretto by the composer, based largely on the romance by Gottfried von Strassburg. Isolde, promised to King Marke in marriage, and her handmaid, Brangäne, are quartered aboard Tristan's ship being transported to the king's lands in Cornwall. The opera opens with the voice of a young sailor singing of a 'wild Irish maid', which Isolde construes to be a mocking reference to herself. In a furious outburst, she wishes the seas to rise up and sink the ship, killing herself and all on board. Performers: Jane Eaglen, Katarina Dalayman, Ben Heppner, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, René Pape. Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: James Levine. Recorded 18 December 1999.

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