TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
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a ballet in 2 acts to the music by Richard Wagner / Henk de Vlieger
Libretto by Krzysztof Pastor, Carel Alphenaar
Henk de Vlieger - orchestral passion "Tristan and Isolde" after Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan und Isolde"
Richard Wagner - "Wesendonck Lieder"
Choreographer Krzysztof Pastor
Music Director and Conductor Modestas Pitrėnas
Conductor Modestas Barkauskas
Set Designer Adomas Jacovskis
Costume Designer Aleksandra Jacovskytė
Light Designer Levas Kleinas
Premiere: 15 September, 2012
“I was absolutely fascinated by the story, it is so strange, even a little naïve – and this incredible love... I also discovered that Wagner had fallen in love with Mathilde Wesendonk, the wife of his patron at the time he was writing about the forbidden love of Tristan and Isolde. It was all so connected!”
~ Krzysztof Pastor on "Tristan and Isolde"
The legend of Tristan and Iseult is an influential romance and tragedy, retold in numerous sources with as many variations. The tragic story is of the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan (Tristram) and the Irish princess Iseult (Isolde, Yseult, etc.). The narrative predates and most likely influenced the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere, and has had a substantial impact on Western art, the idea of romantic love and literature since it first appeared in the 12th century. While the details of the story differ from one author to another, the overall plot structure remains much the same. The story serves as a source of inspiration for countless poets and musicians. One of the most famous adaptations of the legend is Charles Marie Joseph Bédier‘s novel "Romance of Tristan and Iseult", written in prose. The French writer and researcher of the Middle Ages combined elements of all surviving writings and based his own text on works by Thomas of Britain, Eilhart d’Oberg, Gottfried von Strasbourg and, first and foremost, on Béroul’s poems.
And still, the most famous incarnation of the Tristan legend is Richard Wagner’s music drama "Tristan und Isolde", written after composer’s own libretto (premiere in Munich in 1865). In this work, Tristan is portrayed as a doomed romantic figure. This is probably one of the most “wagnerian” pieces, one of the longest and most difficult operas to perform, and one version that fully reflects the essence of the legend.
Wagner wrote of his preoccupations with Tristan in a letter to Franz Liszt (16 December, 1854): “Never in my life having enjoyed the true happiness of love. I shall erect a memorial to this loveliest of all dreams in which, from the first to the last, love shall, for once, find utter repletion. I have devised in my mind a Tristan und Isolde, the simplest, yet most full-blooded musical conception imaginable, and with the ‘black flag’ that waves at the end I shall cover myself over – to die.”
The author of ballet "Tristan and Isolde’s" musical score is a Dutch percussionist, composer and arranger Henk de Vlieger. In 1994 he created a unique arranged symphonic compilation of Wagner’s famous music drama. The work is titled "Tristan and Isolde, an orchestral passion" and consists of seven parts.
In 2005 H. de Vlieger was asked to include Wagner’s "Wesendonck Lieder" in the score of the passion - this was necessary for K. Pastor’s ballet premiere at the Royal Theatre of Sweden. The new ballet was first introduced in the spring of 2006 in Stockholm, accompanied by the orchestra of the Swedish Royal Opera.