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Tristan und Isolde 2012Welsh National Opera

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Welsh National Opera, under their music director Lothar Koenigs, brought a concert performance of their recent revival. The staging, originally by Yannis Kokkos, dates back to the nineties and was then given two runs by Scottish Opera. Perhaps a couple of staged performances now were therefore seen as superfluous. This was a pity, given that the Festival had twice before presented the work in concert, Balance is always difficult to achieve in those circumstances, which can be tiring for singers.

The cast of exceptional operatic talents was led by Ben Heppner and Jennifer Wilson, neither of whom was previously familiar to Scottish audiences. Indeed Wilson was unkmown in Britain, and did not even sing in the staged revival tour that preceded this concert. She turned out to have one of those scrupulously-schooled, majestic voices that the Americans produce regularly, and she should be one of the dominant performers of the role in the next decade, as Heppner has dominated the part of Tristan.

As King Mark, Matthew Best, formerly Scottish Opera's Kurwenal, as well as Wotan and Amfortas, was unable to appear. His replacement was the veteran Jan-Hendrik Rootering - a stalwart Wagnerian bass in continental houses, though probably only a name to most of this audience. Kurwenal was taken by another Wagnerian of long experience, Phillip Joll, who sang Wotan and Amfortas with WNO early in his career, as well as the Dutchman at ENO.

Performance Cast

Sailor

Simon Crosby Buttle

Isolde an Irish princess

Jennifer Wilson

Brangäne Isolde's attendant

Susan Bickley

Kurwenal Tristan's squire

Phillip Joll

Tristan a Cornish knight

Ben Heppner

Melot a Cornish courtier

Simon Thorpe

King Mark King of Cornwall, Tristan's uncle

Jan-Hendrik Rootering

Shepherd

Simon Crosby Buttle

Production Cast

Conductor

Lothar Koenigs

Performance DatesTristan und Isolde 2012

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

15 Aug, 17.00

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