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05 November 2019 (Tue), 18:30 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - Mariinsky II (New Theatre) - Stars of the Stars  Opera Richard Wagner "Tristan und Isolde" drama in three acts Conducted by Maestro Gergiev Tickets available only at

Running time: 5 hours 20 minutes (till 23:50)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Richard Wagner "Tristan und Isolde" drama in three acts 2021

Conductor: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Bass: Mikhail Petrenko
Baritone: Edem Umerov
Mezzo soprano: Yulia Matochkina
Soprano: Elena Popovskaya
Tenor: Mikhail Vekua

Composer: Richard Wagner
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Musical Preparation: Marina Mishuk
Lighting Designer: Gleb Filshtinsky
Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin
Conductor: Christian Knapp

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera

Opera in 3 acts

Performed in German with synchronised Russian supertitles

Premiere of this production: 27 May 2005, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

Libretto by Richard Wagner 


Act I 
Tristan is taking Isolde, King Marke’s bride-to-be, to Cornwall by ship. Brangäne, who believes it to be a good match, is surprised by her mistress’ rage and despair. Isolde orders Brangäne to call Tristan, but he declines to offer any explanations. Kurwenal, Tristan’s loyal friend, responds arrogantly: a hero such as Tristan has nothing to discuss with a woman who is being taken in captivity to be the wife of another man. Isolde admits to Brangäne that Tristan is the very same knight who once killed her betrothed and whom she almost took revenge on but, in an instant of compassion, instead cured his dangerous wounds. He swore to be faithful to her, but now, thankless, he has abducted her for his uncle, the elderly King Marke. In despair, Isolde wants to prepare poison for herself and Tristan and asks him to be summoned so they can drink the potion of atonement together which will help him forget his guilt. This time Tristan comes. Brangäne, however, brings a love potion instead of the poison. Tristan guesses at  the true intentions behind Isolde’s vague words about atonement and accepts the goblet. Expecting to die soon, Tristan and Isolde declare their love for one another. At this moment the cries of the sailors herald the ship’s arrival in Cornwall.

Act II 
Isolde anxiously awaits a meeting with her beloved. Brangäne warns Isolde that Melot the knights has been watching Tristan ever since his arrival; Melot is in a position to tell the King all and so Brangäne begs Isolde to take care. Isolde, however, believes Melot to be Tristan’s friend, who has specially taken the King hunting to arrange this meeting. Tristan arrives. The lovers praise night and death, which for them are greater than the glorious light of day. They pay no heed to Brangäne. Who warns them that dawn is breaking until Kurwenal runs in shouting “Save yourself, Tristan!” But close on Kurwenal’s heels King Marke and his retinue appear. Melot denounces Tristan. The King upbraids his nephew for his ingratitude. Tristan asks Isolde if she is prepared to follow him. In indignation Melot attacks Tristan, wounding him severely.

Act III 
The loyal Kurwenal has brought Tristan to his castle in Brittany. All of Tristan’s thoughts are of his birth and his childhood. Here, in Kareol, as soon as Tristan was born his father tragically died. It was here that his mother died giving birth. A shepherd’s mournful tune makes Tristan reflect on his life and admit the insurmountable lure of death, as if it was all born together with him. Kurwenal tells Tristan that he has sent for Isolde – she alone can cure his wounds. Tristan awaits Isolde with all his being and as the ship arrives he dies. Isolde cannot believe Tristan is dead. Marke appears with his retinue. Kurwenal, unaware of the purpose of their visit, wages battle against them, kills Melot and himself dies. Brangäne, who convinced Marke to come to Kareol, explains to Isolde that the King has forgiven the lovers and has come to bless their union. Isolde hears nothing. She follows after Tristan.

Schedule for Richard Wagner "Tristan und Isolde" drama in three acts 2021

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