Tristan und Isolde

  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Veerle Frissen
  • Copyright Lot Doms


Tristan und Isolde

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)

From 21/09/2013 in Antwerp - from 17/10/2013 in Ghent

  • Dmitri Jurowski
  • Stef Lernous
  • Franco Farina
  • Andreas Schager
  • Lioba Braun
  • Marion Ammann
  • Musical direction: Dmitri Jurowski
  • Director: Stef Lernous
  • Tristan: Franco Farina / Andreas Schager
  • Isolde: Lioba Braun / Marion Ammann
  • König Marke: Ante Jerkunica
  • Brangäne: Martina Dike

Tristan accompanies Isolde to her marriage to King Marke. But on the journey, a coincidence transforms the love that’s been simmering between them into a fiery passion. Once they reach land, it is clear that their relationship does not have a chance in this world. That is why they both seek refuge in the night and beyond life.

To evoke this otherworldly passion, Richard Wagner created a unique musical language that far exceeded the musical boundaries of his time. His composition balances on the limits of tonality and opened the door to a modern world of sound. The music allows Tristan and Isolde the space and intensity to be themselves. This is perfect material for ‘king of darkness’ Stef Lernous. Here, the artistic director of theatre collective Abbatoir Fermé will be applying his dark, grimy aesthetics to the great opera repertoire for the first time, daring to take on Wagner.

Coproduction with Abattoir Fermé.

Read the full synopsis as pdf


Language: German. Surtitles: Dutch.

Tickets from € 14.00 to € 103.00


Stefan Lernous is infamous for his fascination with the dark side of humanity and for playing with reality and imagination. He’s an unusual, but appropriate match for the tale of Tristan, in which the night plays a central part. Dmitri Jurowski will be conducting his first full length Wagner at the Flanders Opera. Franco Farina is to play Tristan: he has mesmerised audiences in the world’s greatest opera houses and, recently, with the great German repertoire. Lioba Braun is his Isolde. She excels at the Wagner repertoire, at the prestigious Bayreuth and elsewhere. Ante Jerkunica, who has been described by NRC as “the mighty bass”, and who recently sang the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, will play King Marke.



Trailer Tristan und Isolde
Warm-up video Tristan und Isolde


'Mild und leise wie er lächelt' / Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)




Introductory talk

45 minutes before the start of each opera performance. Please note: the introductions are only in Dutch.

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