Important Info: Sung in German with English surtitles.
Another classic production finds itself back on the stage of the Royal Opera House over Christmas as Tannhäuser appears from December 2010 to January 2011. From the acclaimed composer Richard Wagner, it is a production that is likely to find a large audience when it opens, having already wowed crowds since it was first penned and having been noticeably absent from the Royal Opera House for two decades. So it is due to make a welcome return and under the conduction of Semyon Bychkov it is likely to be a compelling and memorable performance and one that will have audience members very glad that they picked up opera tickets to witness the action first hand.
The plot of Tannhäuser takes audiences back to the 14th century for a story including mythology and history as Minnesingers, the performers of 12th-13th century traditional German song Minnesang, and Venus, the Roman Goddess of beauty and love, come together. Tannhäuser himself was a Minnesang and the plot of the opera follows his work in the form and as a poet and as his life remains mysterious to modern scholars, it is a story that is ripe of mythological interpretation. So with such natural elements combining it is no wonder that Tannhäuser is held in such high regard.
Wagner originally penned the piece in the first half of the 19th century and it originally premiered in Dresden in 1845. Since that date there have been various different versions of Tannhäuser to appear on the stage and amongst them is what is known as The Paris Version, which was penned by Wagner himself to the requirements of Napoleon III. This edition would eventually appear in front of audiences in 1861 and as the century progressed another incarnation emerged in 1875. The show would also go on to be seen around the world and would first be experienced by a London audience when it premiered at the Royal Opera House in 1876.
And so, after 20 years away from the stage of the Royal Opera, Tannhäuser makes a welcome return during a winter season that will also welcome the likes of Adriana Lecouvreur, Anna Nicole and Il barbiere di Siviglia as the season continues. It makes it a great time for audiences to make the trip to the Royal Opera House to witness some acclaimed shows.
Tannhäuser is at the Royal Opera House from Saturday 11th December 2010 to Sunday 2nd January 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 12th May 2016|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 15th May 2016|
|Running Time:||4 hours and 20 minutes|
|Important Info:||Sung in German with English surtitles.|
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