Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser is a masterful exploration of the many aspects of love, and of the struggle to reconcile the sensual and the spiritual.
The musician Tannhäuser has left the court of the Wartburg to become the consort of the goddess Venus. Disillusioned with her hedonistic realm, he yearns for spiritual nourishment and a reunion with his former beloved, Elisabeth. But if she and the other Wartburg inhabitants learn where he has been, will they ever forgive him?
The work features some of the composer’s greatest writing for chorus, alongside solo numbers such as Tannhäuser’s plea for freedom, Elisabeth’s exultant greeting to the Wartburg Hall and Wolfram’s poignant song to the Evening Star.
Expert Wagnerian Sir Donald Runnicles’s interpretation of Tannhäuser at the 2013 BBC Proms was rapturously received. He now conducts the Deutsche Oper Berlin in what promises to be an unforgettable concert performance.
and Donald and Louise MacDonald.
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Sir Donald Runnicles Conductor
Clay Hilley Tannhäuser
Emma Bell Elisabeth
Thomas Lehman Wolfram
Irene Roberts Venus
Albert Pesendorfer Hermann
Joachim Goltz Biterolf
Attilio Glaser Walther
Gideon Poppe Heinrich
Tyler Zimmerman Reinmar
Meechot Marrero Young Shepherd
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