Friday, April 6, 2007

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s TRISTAN PROJECT


Opera to Feature Legendary Director Peter Sellars, Visual Artist Bill Viola and Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen

What: Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Esa-Pekka Salonen teams with dynamic director Peter Sellars and celebrated video artist Bill Viola for the Tristan Project, a multi-discipline arts experience at Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed around Richard Wagner's seminal opera, Tristan und Isolde. Presenting one semi-staged act per night along with works influenced by Tristan und Isolde, Salonen and the Philharmonic perform the complete opera twice. Each act includes video art exploring the underlying themes of the opera: betrayal, transformation, rebirth, memory, and time.

Who: The trio of Salonen, Sellars, and Viola plan to produce a Tristan stretching the boundaries of Wagnerian production in a setting (Walt Disney Concert Hall) that lends itself to exploration. "Tristan und Isolde is a tale of a love so overwhelming and intense it transcends mortal bounds. This project represents an exciting opportunity to collaborate with fellow artists Peter Sellars and Esa-Pekka Salonen, to explore and draw fresh inspiration from both the story and the great creative work of Richard Wagner, and to re-tell this medieval myth of timeless significance and universal relevance," Bill Viola says.

Vocal soloists for Tristan include soprano Christine Brewer as Isolde; tenor Alan Woodrow as Tristan; mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, as Brangäne; baritone Jukka Rasilainen as Kurwenal; tenor Michael Slattery as Sailor's Voice; Men of Los Angeles Master Chorale and music director Grant Gershon

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When: Tristan Project:

April 12 – Act 1 8pm

April 13 – Act 2 8pm

April 14 – Act 3 8pm

April 18 – The Complete Tristan and Isolde 6pm

April 24 – The Complete Tristan and Isolde 6pm

Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles , CA

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