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Tristan and Isolde

Each day is an agony of separation. But by night they share a perfect passion.

By night, they share a perfect passion. But for Princess Isolde and her lover Tristan, every day is any agony of separation. Can they shrug off the bonds of honour and duty that keep them apart? Or is death their only hope of everlasting night?

An epic drama told on a grand scale, Tristan and Isolde will be an unforgettable highlight of ENO’s 2015/16 Season. From the opening bars of the prelude with its famous Tristan chord, Wagner’s powerful opera is one of the most significant pieces in the repertoire.

ENO’s first new production of Tristan and Isolde since 1996 is directed by ‘theatre’s most exciting young director’ (Daily Telegraph) Daniel Kramer, with designs from Anish Kapoor, one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.

The thrilling score is conducted by former ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, ‘whose immaculate sense of balance and flow denotes a great Wagner conductor’ (The Stage).

The exceptional cast is led by the outstanding Wagnerian Heldentenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, with American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton as Isolde.

'Brave and bold... theatrically enthralling'

Evening Standard

'Grand and enveloping'

Financial Times

Running Time
5hrs 15mins

Running time includes two intervals of approximately 45 and 30 minutes respectively.

Tickets available from £12 – £145* / 500 tickets available at every performance for £20 or less.

Pre performance talk
19 Jun 2016
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
26 Jun 2016
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

Find out more about our pre-performance talks.

New production supported by a syndicate of individual donors.

* ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.


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