Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde: Act III
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 14 April 2013, 4pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA
part of the Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde series
R Strauss Metamorphosen (c.23')
Interval (c.20 minutes)
Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Act III (c.80')
(concert performance, sung in German with English surtitles)
Robert Dean Smith Tristan
Petra Maria Schnitzer Isolde
Jane Irwin Brangene (08/04/13: please note change of soloist; Lioba Braun is unwell)
Markus Eiche Kurvenal
Matthew Best King Mark
Andrew Rees Melot
Benedict Nelson Helmsman
Ben Johnson Shepherd
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Betrayed and alone, Tristan lies wounded in his castle of Kareol. As his strength ebbs, he sees fantastic visions and dreams that the love of his Isolde might still redeem him. And so it will: but in a way more terrible, and more beautiful, than either of them had imagined. In the final act the music verges on the transcendent - though not before we've confronted the darkest implications of Wagner's world-changing vision, in Richard Strauss's wordless war-requiem for strings, Metamorphosen.
Prelude: 3.00pm Writer and Critic Tom Sutcliffe, author of Believing in Opera discusses the staging of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Wagner's opera in general.
This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
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.