“Tristan und Isolde” in Athens

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Tristan und Isolde

Conductor: Myron Michailidis
Director – sets – costumes: Yannis Kokkos

23, 27, 31 January 2015
4 February 2015

Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall – Alexandra Trianti Hall
New production
Performances begin at 18.30

Artistic collaborator, dramaturgy: Anne Blancard
Video scenography: Eric Duranteau
Lighting: Michael Bauer
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos


Tristan: Torsten Kerl
King Marke: Reinhard Hagen
Isolde: Ann Petersen
Kurwenal: Christopher Robertson
Melot: Charalambos Alexandropoulos
Brangäne: Katarina Dalayman
A shepherd: Nikos Stefanou
A steersman: Kostis Rasidakis
A sailor: Antonis (Αnthony) Koroneos


With the GNO Orchestra and Chorus

Maestro Michailidis

Maestro Michailidis

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, one of the greatest works of the world’s music literature, will be staged for the first time in Greece, in a full, indoor staging with local musicians and the Greek National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by GNO Artistic Director, Myron Michailidis.This pivotal romantic masterpiece is a major œuvre, full of bursting emotions, and the novelties in its harmonic structure changed the course of music.

Director Yannis Kokkos

Director Yannis Kokkos

Director Yannis Kokkos points out: “The opera Tristan und Isolde, an ode to the night during which Eros and Thanatos [death] embrace each other in order to tear down the limits of time and space, is also a drama of private moments. On stage, the Wagnerian heroes – who incarnate in secret the composer’s troubles with regard to love and to philosophical obsessions – experience the anguish of betrayal, infidelity and the hopelessness of an absolute love that strikes a blow to the world’s rational order. This intentional escape towards death is dominated by the pleasure of annihilation – a paramount idea of Romanticism. The images, lighting and gestures attempt to impart substance to one of the most wonderful pieces of music ever composed.”

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