Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Oper Köln, 2019 (detail) View full image

Roth and Kinmonth's Tristan und Isolde opens at Oper Köln

Following the success of their collaboration on Tannhäuser in 2017, General Music Director of the City of Cologne, François-Xavier Roth, and Anglo-Irish director and polymath, Patrick Kinmonth (who previously also worked on the Oper Köln production of Der Ring des Nibelungen), re-join forces and return to Wagner to open the Staatenhaus season with Tristan und Isolde.

...since I have never really enjoyed true happiness of love in my life, I want to set a monument to this most beautiful of dreams, in which from the beginning to the end this love should be so satiated Richard Wagner

The cast includes Ingela Brimberg and Peter Seiffert/Heiko Börner in the title roles, with Samuel Youn as Kurwenal, Claudia Mahnke as Brangäne and Karl Heinz Lehner as King Mark.

Performances 23 and 28 September, 3, 6, 11 and 13 October. See the trailer here.