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Tristan und Isolde
August 23 @ 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Small Vermont town. Big Wagner opera.
The new production company TUNDI — short for Tristan und Isolde — will bring that monumental work to the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont, for two performances this summer on Friday August 23 and Sunday August 25.
Tristan and Isolde is one of the great love stories of world literature, with roots ranging from Persian and Arthurian legend to medieval French romance. Wagner’s version, first performed in 1865, changed the face of music theater forever. It tells of bitter hatred turned to uncontrollable passion; of betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption; of death, and love beyond death. Its surging music rises to heights of emotion never before heard on the operatic stage.
Because of the demands it makes on producers and performers, you usually won’t find Tristan und Isolde done outside of big cities with major opera houses. Here’s a rare opportunity to see and hear it in an intimate 750-seat jewel box, the art deco Latchis. Says producer/conductor Hugh Keelan, “As a team and cast we believe we bring rich life experience and artistic depth to this unknowable masterpiece. Ours is a Tristan set in an unspecified time of legend. We catch our characters living their lives and sharing passion, violence, and deeply textured sadness as they deal with themselves and their circumstances.”
The production, staged with orchestra, integrates scenery, costume, lighting, and video projection, along with English supertitles.
The work will be given under festival conditions. Both new audiences and veteran Wagnerites will be able to delve into the world of Tristan. Performances are on Friday and Sunday and on Saturday you can attend related events — lectures, classes, and concerts — to enrich your own experience. Intermissions will be extended to allow you to enjoy meals at fine local restaurants. (The Friday performance begins at 4:00 pm, the Sunday at 10:00 am.) The local community, noted for its vibrant artistic and musical life, will be involved in all aspects of the production.
It’s a festival for performers, too. Again from Hugh Keelan: “One of our goals is to provide time and space for the continuing development of Wagnerian singers, allowing them to further explore a well-travelled role or learn a new one.”
He adds, “This will be an all-encompassing experience. The theater has you right inside the action. You’ll find yourself immersed in the swelling of the waves, the love garden, and the transcendence of love and death.”
Tickets for Tristan und Isolde range from $25-$250. To purchase tickets, and for additional information, visit TUNDI’s website www.tundiproductions.org