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Tristan and Iseult

chamber opera

Year:  1975   ·  Duration:  1h 5m
Instrumentation:  for two tenors, baritone and mezzo, mimes and puppets, and ensemble of fl./picc. ob. cl./bs cl./E flat cl. hn. tpt. tbn. perc., hp, string quintet

Year:  1975
Duration:  1h 5m
Instrumentation  for two tenors, baritone a...

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About

This chamber opera incorporates singers, ensemble, puppets and mime. "I loved this Tristan and Iseult because here we have a beautiful and archetypal tale of conflict between loyalty and love, told and acted out with supreme economy and clarity in a combination of sound and movement unsullied by romantic lushness or gothic fancy, but with the uncluttered strong lines of Romanesque architecture." (Robert Leek, Radio Talk)


Text note

Libretto by Malcolm Crowthers and Michael Hill


Performance history

04 Apr 1978: Performed by Jane Manning (Iseult), Graem Wall (Tristan), Roger Wilson (King Mark), Robert Oliver (Narrator), Sef Townsend (mime) and directed by Ros Clark and conducted by William Southgate with costume designer Priscilla Pitts as part of the Auckland Festival in Auckland

05 Apr 1978: Performed by Jane Manning (Iseult), Graem Wall (Tristan), Roger Wilson (King Mark), Robert Oliver (Narrator), Sef Townsend (mime) and directed by Ros Clark and conducted by William Southgate with costume designer Priscilla Pitts as part of the Auckland Festival in Auckland

06 Apr 1978: Performed by Jane Manning (Iseult), Graem Wall (Tristan), Roger Wilson (King Mark), Robert Oliver (Narrator), Sef Townsend (mime) and directed by Ros Clark and conducted by William Southgate with costume designer Priscilla Pitts as part of the Auckland Festival in Auckland

07 Apr 1978: Performed by Jane Manning (Iseult), Graem Wall (Tristan), Roger Wilson (King Mark), Robert Oliver (Narrator), Sef Townsend (mime) and directed by Ros Clark and conducted by William Southgate with costume designer Priscilla Pitts as part of the Auckland Festival in Auckland

08 Apr 1978: Performed by Jane Manning (Iseult), Graem Wall (Tristan), Roger Wilson (King Mark), Robert Oliver (Narrator), Sef Townsend (mime) and directed by Ros Clark and conducted by William Southgate with costume designer Priscilla Pitts as part of the Auckland Festival in Auckland

Performed in Auckland in April, 1978.

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