Both the large orchestra, as the voluminous chorus, as well as the set force the Liceu to cancel Tannhäuser. After several studies, the implantation of Orchestra and Chorus has been impossible. We're working to reschedule Wagner's opera in the future.

A story of redemption for love with musical direction by David Afkham

After spending seven years enjoying the sensual pleasures of Venusberg, Tannhäuser becomes bored and weary and decides to return to ordinary life in Thuringia. In an attempt to combine art, life, love and religion, he enters a poetic contest. However, his work, which draws a parallel between physical and spiritual love, is rejected by strict, conventional Wartburg society.

Tannhäuser is probably the most mature of Wagner's youthful works and the most fertile in dramatic and musical ideas.

The theme of redemption through love, which permeates his entire output, is also present here, while the plot is set in the medieval world of troubadours. Tannhäuser's deep concern with finding a place in the world and obtaining forgiveness are the fundamental motifs in the opera's development. It begins with the famous and symbolic overture which was Wagner's first great symphonic composition.

In Tannhäuser, as in other works such as Die Walküre, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal, Wagner gives vent to his obsession with sexuality.

With the support of:

  • Approximate running time 4h 20m

Artistic profile

David Afkham
Stage director
Robert Carsen
Frans Willem de Haas and Jean-Michel Criqui
Philippe Giraudeau
Set design
Paul Steinberg
Constance Hoffmann
Lighting design
Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra National de Paris and Tokyo Opera Nomori
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


HermannFranz-Josep Selig
TannhäuserStefan Vinke
Wolfram Von EschenbachThomas J. Mayer
Walther Von Der VogelweideRoger Padullés
BiterofDeyan Vatchakov
Heinrich Der SchreiberAlbert Casals
Reinmar Von ZweterDavid Lagares
ElisabethJohanni van Oostrum
VenusMichelle DeYoung

May 2021

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