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Tristan und Isolde

Nearly 150 years after its premiere, Wagner’s stunning, sensuous, transcendent monument to the most beautiful of dreams remains one of the most breathtaking and influential musical works of all time. Every chord of the surging, revolutionary score will enthrall your ear and draw you ever deeper into the all-consuming passion of fervent lovers whose longing for eternal bliss is quenched only in death. Sweeping orchestrations, opulent harmonies, and a climax of cosmic joy await those who drink in Wagner’s enchanted potion and surrender to opera’s ultimate love story.

In German with English subtitles
Approximate Running Time:
4 hours and 30 minutes, with 2 intermissions
at McCaw Hall

This production of Tristan und Isolde is dedicated to the memory of Perry Lorenzo.

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Insight to Tristan and Isolde by General Director Speight Jenkins. Hear more audio clips by launching the Seattle Opera Audio Player.



Preview Trailer

See Tristan und Isolde in 4 minutes in this preview trailer. Learn the plot and hear the amazing voices in action – everything you need to prep for this epic opera.


Director's Talk

In this fascinating and insightful video, Stage Director Peter Kazaras shares the story of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce and how it serves as the inspiration for this new production of Tristan und Isolde.


Music With Maestro

“Everything that was written after Tristan was in some way influenced by Tristan,” says Maestro Asher Fisch. Know what your ears are in for when you come to Tristan as Maestro breaks down the most famous chord in all of opera.


Speight's Corner

"There is something about Tristan that is really remarkable," says General Director Speight Jenkins. Learn why Tristan is one of Speight’s all-time favorite operas.

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Annalena Persson and Clifton Forbis. Tristan und Isolde © Rozarii Lynch Photo

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