CELTIC LEG­END Richard Wag­ner’s opera on tragic love set to win hearts in Bei­jing this month. Chen Nan re­ports.

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE -

ichard Wag­ner’s opera, Tris­tan und Isolde — pro­duced by the Na­tional Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, Metropoli­tan Opera, Teatr Wielki-Pol­ish Na­tional Opera and Fest­spiel­haus Baden-Baden Opera — will be staged in Bei­jing later in the month.

Con­ducted by Lyu Shaochia from Tai­wan and di­rected by Mar­iusz Tre­lin­sky from Poland, the opera will be per­formed by Chi­nese and Western singers.

The NCPA has pre­sented a va­ri­ety of op­eras since it was es­tab­lished in Bei­jing in 2007. This opera is be­ing pre­sented on its 10th an­niver­sary this year.

“We have pro­duced more than 50 op­eras and col­lab­o­rated with many for­eign opera houses,” says NCPA vice-pres­i­dent Zhao Tiechun.

“Tris­tan und Isolde was the most com­plex opera writ­ten in its time and is still one of the most in­tri­cate op­er­atic mas­ter­pieces,” he says.

It will be the fourth Wag­ner opera that the NCPA has pro­duced, fol­low­ing Der Fliegende Hol­laen­der (The Fly­ing Dutch­man), Lo­hen­grin and Tannhaeuser.

Tris­tan und Isolde is an opera in three acts, span­ning five hours, and is based on the tragic love story of English knight Tris­tan and the Ir­ish princess Isolde. Ger­man poet Got­tfried von Strass­burg wrote the orig­i­nal poem in­spired by a Celtic leg­end. With the English and Ir­ish at war in the 12th cen­tury, the two lovers had to die to de­clare their love.

Pre­miered in 1865, the opera is viewed as one of the most in­flu­en­tial op­eras by Wag­ner.

Ger­man com­poser Richard Strauss once wrote: “Tris­tan und Isolde marked the end of all ro­man­ti­cism. Here the yearn­ing of the Tris­ta­nundI­solde

Fall­ing in love for them was like poi­son. But this opera shows that love can be as strong as death.” Mar­iusz Tre­lin­sky, Pol­ish opera di­rec­tor

PHO­TOS BY LIANG GANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Mar­iusz Tre­lin­sky (above left) di­rects Richard Wag­ner’s opera in the month.

which will be staged at the Na­tional Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Bei­jing later

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