Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde: Act II
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 08 November 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde series
Berlioz Roméo and Juliette (excerpts) (c.28')
Interval (c.20 minutes)
Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Act II (c.82')
(concert performance, sung in German with English surtitles)
Nina Stemme Isolde
Robert Dean Smith Tristan (30.10.12: please note change to originally advertised artist)
Jane Irwin Brangäne (30.10.12: please note change to originally advertised artist; Lioba Braun is indisposed)
Peter Rose King Mark
Andrew Rees Melot
Mikhail Pavlov Kurvenal
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Darkness falls, and love finds a way. In Act II of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, the summer night itself seems to shimmer with emotion, as the two lovers consummate their passion beneath a canopy of stars. Yet treachery hides in the shadows, and Wagner follows his greatest love scene with some of the most tragic music he ever wrote. Join Donald Runnicles and a superb international cast as the BBC SSO dives deep into the glowing heart of Wagner's epic love story. And hear, too, excerpts from the work that some think gave Wagner his inspiration: Hector Berlioz's scarcely less extraordinary Roméo et Juliette.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Grand Hall
Writer and performer A.L. Kennedy presents a specially written creative response to the myths that feed into Wagner's great opera, and to Wagner himself.
The main concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - presented by Jamie MacDougall.
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.