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‘Tristan und Isolde’ opera awes in Met broadcast

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture will screen The Met: Live in HD broadcast of Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, Oct. 8, at noon in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

In this tragic love story, two unlikely people fall in love after drinking a potion meant to kill them both. In the end, only Isolde can save Tristan with her magical healing abilities — but is it too late?

Richard Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death holds a unique place in the opera world. Its music has astounded, infuriated and inspired audiences since it was first heard, and the title roles are acknowledged as among the most extraordinarily demanding in opera. The vocal challenges, the sumptuous symphonic scale of the orchestral writing, and the mystical nature of the story, with its opportunities for creative visual design, make this awe-inspiring work a phenomenon of the repertory.

Tristan und Isolde, directed by Mariusz Treliński, opens the 2016-17 Met season with a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Papeas as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met. The production has already garnered rave reviews. The New York Times calls Tristan und Isolde an “audacious new production [with] compelling, vulnerable performances … from a strong cast, especially the astonishing soprano Nina Stemme … [Her Isolde is] outstanding ... from steely rawness to melting warmth.”

Tickets are on sale now at miac.mercyhurst.edu and 814-824-3000. Prices are: Adult, $18; Senior/Student $15; and Youth, $10.