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Metropolitan Opera: Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde
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Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner.

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Wagner’s monumental Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Simon Rattle in a performance from 2016.

It starred Swedish soprano Nina Stemme and Australian tenor Stuart Skelton, both acclaimed for their performances in the towering title roles, as the couple consumed by an illicit and overpowering love.

Bass René Pape sang the betrayed King Marke, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova was Brangäne, who delivers the potion that seals the lovers’ fate, and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin was Tristan’s friend and protector, Kurwenal.

Maestro Rattle conducted the Met Orchestra in Wagner’s groundbreaking and epically romantic score.

Tristan und Isolde will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 15.

Click here to view an English translation of the libretto.

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