WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth Festival, 1993)

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Tristan und Isolde

Festival: Bayreuth Festival
Venue: Bayreuth Festspielhaus
Playing Time: 03:56:29
Catalogue Number: A05009688
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The premiere of Tristan und Isolde production at the 1993 Bayreuth Festival was greeted with that "mixture of enthusiastic approbation and predictable condemnation" quoted by Wolfgang Wagner, which is the usual indicator of success in Bayreuth. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim with fire and sensitivity, the production was staged by the late German dramatist Heiner Muller. The sets were designed by Muller's longtime associate Erich Wonder, and the costumes by Japanese couturier Yohji Yamamoto. Siegfried Jerusalem as Tristan and Waltraud Meier as Isolde have consistently drawn enthusiastic acclaim for their performances, not only in the year of the premiere, but in subsequent years as well. Muller and Wonder have compressed the monumental story into a clear and fascinating geometry of love. Wonder created highly evocative spaces through projections of colors and forms which shift according to the mood. One widely noted example of Muller's elegant, restrained interpretation, in which small gestures replace sweeping displays of passion, is the famous love duet, in which Tristan and Isolde, instead of embracing rapturously, stand back to back and side by side and touch, ever so lightly, only the tips of their fingers.

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