Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Dutch National Opera, 18 January 2018


Tristan and Isolde on a German stamp issued in 1933

After its co-producers in Paris and Rome, it is Dutch National Opera’s turn to present director Pierre Audi’s shadow-clad Tristan und Isolde. In Amsterdam Audi’s lucid visuals complemented a strong, balanced cast. Conductor Marc Albrecht kept a lyrical Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra on a concentrated simmer for the full four hours. This was a Tristan und Isolde to treasure.

Full review on Bachtrack.




Rette dich, Tristan!

Tristan und Isolde, Prelude to Act I

Opening bars to Tristan und Isolde

The NTR ZaterdagMatinee concerts at the Concertgebouw are an intrinsic part of classical Amsterdam. Their season opened last Saturday with conductor Jaap van Zweden returning to continue his Wagner series, this time with Tristan und Isolde. He and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic triumphed, inspite of one late and one terribly late cast cancellation. Thrillingly, Jennifer Wilson was as vocally complete an Isolde as you could wish for. You can read my review for Bachtrack here. A radio broadcast of the concert is available on demand for the next three months.