Opening Night: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde: Act I
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 27 September 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde series
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONCERT HAS NOW SOLD OUT (as at 24/09). However, the BBC SSO/Donald Runnicles will give a further performance of Act I of Tristan und Isolde this coming Sunday, at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh - starting at 4.00pm. Tickets for that concert are still available to purchase. Usher Hall Box Office: 0131-228 1155.
Rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead (c.23')
Interval (c.20 minutes)
Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Act I (c.85')
(concert performance sung in German, with English surtitles)
Nina Stemme Isolde
Ian Storey Tristan
Tanja Ariane Baumgartner Brangäne
Boaz Daniel Kurvenal
Nicky Spence Young Seaman
Men of the RSNO Chorus
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
On a darkening sea, a lone ship carries a strange cargo: a dutiful knight, an unwilling bride, and between them - though no-one yet knows it - a love more powerful than life itself. Wagner's Tristan und Isolde is the ultimate love story, set to a score so passionate that it changed music forever. BBC SSO Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles is known the world over as a leading Wagner conductor; now, as we approach the composer's bicentenary year, he's assembled an international world-class cast to begin a three-part voyage towards supreme bliss. Rachmaninov's Wagner-inspired tone poem sets the mood; climb aboard for one of the greatest experiences in all opera. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, presented by Jamie MacDougall.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Grand Hall
James Naughtie, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today talks with Donald Runnicles about Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. An edited version of this pre-concert talk will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during the interval of the concert.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.