Passion will undo them
A tale as old as time, (or at least, a thousand years) Tristan and Isolde has long been considered the ultimate tale of passionate, romantic love in forbidden circumstances. With its universal theme of all-consuming love and bitter-sweet tragedy - it fits perfectly into Wagner's repertoire of epics. Mary Elizabeth Williams makes her role debut as Isolde alongside tenor Stefan Vinke as her doomed lover Tristan.
What is the story?
King Mark of Cornwall has plenty to be worried about: his enemy Morholt of Ireland is threatening invasion and a charismatic stranger, Tristan has turned up at court. Together they take on the fight and on winning, form a strong bond. But when Mark asks Tristan to go to Ireland and get the beautiful Isolde to be his bride, Tristan quickly falls in love with the enigmatic princess. On their return to Cornwall, their affair, aided by a nefarious love potion, carries on, causing chaos in the lives and the hearts of the three, with effects that will change all of them forever...