Wagner: Tannhauser (complete opera recorded live in 2019)

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Wagner: Tannhauser (complete opera recorded live in 2019)
Bayreuth Festival / Stephen Gould, Lise Davidsen, Elena Zhidkova, Markus Eiche / Valery Gergiev (cond)

[ Deutsche Grammophon DVD / 2 DVD ]

Release Date: Friday 15 May 2020

After Tristan und Isolde (2016), Parsifal (2017), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2018) and the Grammy-nominated Lohengrin (2019) this is the fifth installment of the exclusive, multi-year partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label is the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each instalment's new production on DVD, Blu-ray and eVideo.

This year, we are proud to release the new production of Tannhäuser which was premiered on 26 July 2019 and presented the long-awaited Bayreuth debut of star conductor Valery Gergiev, as well as the house debut of young soprano star Lise Davidsen. Tobias Kratzer's staging presented Tannhäuser as a wildly contemporary parable of art and freedom which was praised as "novel" and "wrenching" (New York Times) and received exceptional press acclaim. Lise Davidsen's Elisabeth ("beautifully lyrical", Telegraph) was as much acclaimed as Heldentenor Stephen Gould's Tannhäuser, who exhibited "great dramatic and vocal power in the title role" (Telegraph). They were joined by mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova's Venus ("scene stealing", according to Opera Today), baritone Markus Eiche's Wolfram and Stephen Milling's Landgraf.

"In his Bayreuth debut, Valery Gergiev conducts with such verve that at multiple turns it was like hearing the score anew." Limelight

Stephen Gould - the heroic tenor singing in Bayreuth