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TannhäuserNew production

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
2019 April 06 18:30, April 10 18:30, April 14 13:30, April 18 18:30, April 21 13:30, April 24 18:30, April 28 13:30, May 01 18:30
Performers
Dutch National Opera
Marc AlbrechtConductor
Christof LoyDirector, Choreography
Johannes LeiackerSet Designer
Ursula RenzenbrinkCostume Designer
Daniel KirchTenorTannhäuser
Björn BürgerBaritoneWolfram von Eschenbach
Svetlana AksenovaSopranoElisabeth
Ekaterina GubanovaMezzo-sopranoVenus
Stephen MillingBassLandgraf Hermann
Attilio GlaserTenorWalther von der Vogelweide
TBCBiterolf
Olaf WinterLighting Designer
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera

SAINT OR SINNER: VENUS VS. ELISABETH 

With its splendid choral movements, Wagner’s ‘romantische Oper’ Tannhäuser is a true ‘singers’ opera’. German conductor Christof Loy has signed on for this fresh staging.

SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE

Tannhäuser is the story of a knight-poet who is unable to choose between sacred love (Elisabeth) and profane love (Venus). To oblige the Paris Jockey Club, Wagner opened the first act with a racy bacchanal for dancers.

VENUS VERSUS ELISABETH

Weary of Venus, Tannhäuser returns home to Saxony. But during a singing contest on ‘the nature of Love’, he praises Venus, shocking everyone present except the Landgrave Hermann’s niece, Elisabeth, who defends him. To make amends, Tannhäuser goes on a pilgrimage to Rome in hopes of a papal pardon. Unsuccessful, he decides to return to Venus, but finally finds redemption when the pious Elisabeth sacrifices her life as a peace offering to God.

FROM NUMBER OPERA TO MUSICAL DRAMA

For both Tannhäuser and his later Lohengrin, Richard Wagner drew on medieval songs, sagas and tales of courtly love. His narrative focuses on the rebellion of an artist whose desire to succumb to carnal lust engenders a conflict with his religious intellect; an inner dichotomy embodied by the two women he loves. Tannhäuser marks a key step in the progression from the number opera to the musical drama.

CHRISTOF LOY

Tannhäuser is Christof Loy’s first Wagner opera presentation for DNO. Known for his meticulous productions, he is a frequent guest at Europe’s major opera houses and festivals. Loy is the recipient of the Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg, a Laurence Olivier Award for Tristan und Isolde (ROH Covent Garden) and the International Opera Award 2017 for best director, and has been hailed as director of the year by Opernwelt three times now. At DNO, Loy impressed audiences with his productions of Les vêpres siciliennesArabellaChovansjtsjina and La forza del destino.

MARC ALBRECHT

After Die Meistersinger von NürnbergParsifal and Tristan und Isolde, chief conductor Marc Albrecht adds a fourth Wagner title to his arsenal of DNO productions.

THE SINGERS

A leading performer of Tannhäuser, Daniel Kirch makes his debut at DNO. Among the cast are also familiar faces, including Stephen Milling (Fasolt in Das Rheingold) as Landgrave Hermann, Svetlana Aksenova (Fevronja in The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh) as Elisabeth and Ekaterina Gubanova (Eboli in Don Carlo) as Venus.

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