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.
- Approximate running time 4h 20m
- 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
|Wolfram Von Eschenbach||Thomas J. Mayer|
|Walther Von Der Vogelweide||Roger Padullés|
|Heinrich Der Schreiber||Albert Casals|
|Reinmar Von Zweter||David Lagares|
|Elisabeth||Johanni van Oostrum|