04 September 2010

Tannhäuser Returns to London

Semyon Bychkov. Photo: Sheila Rock
Tannhäuser, "Wagner's great battle of the sensual and the spiritual" returns to The Royal Opera in London just before Christmas. A new production by Tim Albery puts Tannhäuser back in the repertory after an absence of more than twenty years. Semyon Bychkov, who may be one of the finest Wagner conductors today, will return after stunning performances of Lohengrin last year. Johan Botha – one of the most acclaimed Wagner voices in the world today – sings the lead role.

Michaela Schuster, who did a wonderful Ortrud in Stefan Herheim's "marionette" Lohengrin in Berlin, will sing Venus and Eva-Maria Westbroek, who many will know as Sieglinde in Die Walküre from Bayreuth, will sing Elisabeth. According to ROH, the production combines striking imagery of the two worlds set apart, from the indulgence and abandon of the Venusberg to the privation and sincerity of the Wartburg. What exactly this means, we will have to wait and see, but obviously the visual aspect of the production is important.

The Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Tannhäuser
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Director: Tim Albery
Sat 11 Dec 2010 (premiere)
Wed 15 Dec 2010
Sun 19 Dec 2010
Wed 22 Dec 2010
Mon 27 Dec 2010
Thu 30 Dec 2010
Tannhäuser: Johan Botha
Elisabeth: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Venus: Michaela Schuster
Wolfram von Eschinbach: Christian Gerhaher
Herrmann, Landgrave of Thuringia: Christof Fischesser
Biterolf: Clive Bayley
Walter: Timothy Robinson
Heinrich: Steven Ebel
Reinmar: Jeremy White
Set designs: Michael Levine
Costume designs: Jon Morrell
Lighting design: David Finn
Choreography: Jasmin Vardimon

More info on roh.org.uk

3 comments:

Susi said...

Hi! So when are you coming to hear it in London? I've got tickets for Dec. 19, at 15:00, perhaps you'll join us! BTW, did Eva-Maria Westbroek replace Edith Haller as Sieglinde in Bayreuth 2010 second and third Ring? Because we heard Edith Haller in the first Ring. She was fantastic!

Susi said...

In case you experience Bayreuth withdrawal symptoms and cannot wait until July 2011, here is something to while away:

http://www.bfmedien.de/podcast.html

Check the ones from 2009; there is a very interesting interview of Thieleman and Weigele from the "Orchestra Graben"! It's a real "pit"!

per-erik said...

Hi! I am working on a London-trip, but it's in the blue...
No, Eva-Maria did not sing at Bayreuth this summer. Frau Haller sang all three Sieglindes.
BTW: I was fortunate to visit the pit in August. It is truly a mysterious place! :)