Met Opera on Demand Catalog
Tristan und Isolde
(Dec. 11, 1999)
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Eaglen, Dalayman, Heppner, Ketelsen, Pape
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 58 min.
The utter timelessness of Wagner’s masterpiece is superbly captured in Dieter Dorn’s production, designed by Jürgen Rose. It strips away the usual visual ballast from the drama to reveal the searing emotional truth at its core. Under James Levine’s probing conducting the great Met orchestra is a central character in the story. Ben Heppner and Jane Eaglen are Tristan and Isolde, overwhelmed by their all-consuming love for each other which defies society and the law. René Pape is a devastating King Marke, the man robbed of his wife by his best friend. Hans-Joachim Ketelsen and Katarina Dalayman complete the cast.