Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde: Act I
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 30 September 2012, 4pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA
part of the Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde series
Rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead
Interval (c. 20 minutes)
Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Act I
(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
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles conductor
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.
Prelude: 3.00pm James Naughtie and Donald Runnicles discuss Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Free to ticket holders.
Booking is now open. Book all 3 concerts for the price of 2. Please phone venue box office for details.
How to get there
- Many local bus services stop on Lothian Road 25m from entrance.
- Edinburgh has two railway stations Waverley and Haymarket both within a 15 minute walk of the Usher Hall.
- West: Via M8, A8, Haymarket, Shandwick Place, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace East: Via A1, Princes Street, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace South: Via A74, Braid Road, Morningside Road, Bruntsfield Place, Earl Grey Street, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace North: Via Forth Road Bridge, A90, Queensferry Road, Queensferry Street, Melville Street, Shandwick Place, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace
- There are wheelchair access places in the Stalls and Grand Circle and wheelchair accessible toilets are available. Parking spaces for disabled badge holders are located across from the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Grindlay Street, however due to continuing landscaping work outside the Hall, it may be wise to phone in advance to check availability.