Tristan und Isolde


A piece that changed the history of music

Tristan und Isolde is the culmination of Wagner’s artistic ethos, and is an opera which revolutionised tonal music with its harmonic ambiguity. At the same time, the work musically conveys Arthur Schopenhauer’s nihilistic philosophy. Àlex Ollé’s (La Fura dels Baus) stage direction concentrates on symbolic language, and he does an excellent job of characterising the protagonists. The stage design by Alfons Flores and video projections by Franc Aleu contribute to the realisation of the Wagnerian ideal of a “comprehensive work of art” through the use of images which sustain and highlight the libretto and the score. Iréne Theorin and Stefan Vinke, undisputed victors in the Liceu as Brünnhilde and Siegfried in Der Ring des Nibelungen, revisit Barcelona alongside an ideal ensemble for this opera.

Tristan und Isolde

Musical drama in three acts. Libretto and music by Richard Wagner. World premiere: 10/06/1865, Hoftheater of Munic. First staged in Barcelona: 08/11/1899, Liceu. Last performance at the Liceu: 18/03/2015. Total Liceu performances: 171.

Artistic profile

Josep Pons
Stage director
Àlex Ollé
Collaboration with the stage director
Valentina Carrasco
Set designer
Alfons Flores
Costume designer
Josep Abril
Lighting designer
Urs Schönebaum
Video creation
Franc Aleu
Opéra de Lyon
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


TristanStefan Vinke
MarkeAlbert Dohmen
IsoldeIréne Theorin
KurwenalGreer Grimsley
MelotFrancisco Vas
BrangäneSarah Connolly
Shepherd / Young sailorJorge Rodríguez Norton
HelmsmanGermán Olvera


November 2017

28Tuesday19:00Turn DFee 3

December 2017

2Saturday19:00Turn CFee 2
4Monday19:00Turn AFee 2
7Thursday19:00Turn BFee 2
10Sunday17:00Turn TFee 2
12Tuesday19:00Turn HFee 3
15Friday19:00Turn EADFee 2

First Act 80m
Interval 30m
Second Act 65m
Interval 25m
Third Act 75m

Approximate running time 4h 30m

Tristan und Isolde at the Liceu

List of all the performances of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in the history of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Reasons why you need to see Tristan und Isolde

  1. Àlex Ollé’s stage direction materialises the Wagnerian ideal of a “comprehensive work of art”.
  2. Iréne Theorin returns to the Liceu, one of today’s most acclaimed Wagnerian performers.
  3. One of the greatest tragic love stories ever told.

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