Bayreuther Festspiele - Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
1 Oct 2006
Composer: Richard Wagner
Other participants: Richard Versalle · Cheryl Studer · Ruthild Engert-Ely · Hans Sotin · Wolfgang Brendel · Siegfried Vogel · Giuseppe Sinopoli · Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele
The abstract starkness of Wolfgang Wagner’s staging is underlined by the crystalline clarity and vigour of Giuseppe Sinopoli’s conducting, which highlights the cumulative nature of the leitmotif technique. This production gathers together some of the great names and talents in Wagner interpretation such as Cheryl Studer – who had her international breakthrough as Elisabeth in this production in 1985 and Richard Versalle in the title-role.
This production, with its superb conducting and wonderful singing, immediately achieved cult status, and – captured on DVD – forms an important memorial to Giuseppe Sinopoli, who is one of the most important figures in the history of Wagner performances, and who died an untimely death some years ago.