Deborah Voigt Withdraws from TRISTAN AND ISOLDE at the Washington National Opera
The Washington National Opera has announced that Deborah Voigt has withdrawn from their production of Tristan und Isolde, which opens September 15. She is sorry to have disappointed her fans, and has issued this statement: "Returning to a role that I love but haven't sung in a number of seasons, and encountering its unique challenges, has caused me to reconsider keeping it in my repertoire. I'm very disappointed that I feel compelled to withdraw from this production, but am very happy to continue my association with WNO both this season and into the future." Voigt will still be serving this season as the first-ever artist-in-residence with WNO's Domingo-Cafritz young artist program.
Isolde, a beautiful Irish maiden with magical powers, is riding the high seas to marry her betrothed, the King of Cornwall. But first she must avenge the death of her former fiancé by killing Tristan, a dashing knight and nephew of the king. When the poison she concocts turns out to be a love potion, her vengeful ire and his bold betrayal are suddenly transformed into rapturous, unbridled passion. As the royal wedding approaches, Tristan and Isolde can only find comfort under cover of night. Yet even the darkness cannot hide their desires for long.
Well known to Washington audiences and Wagner aficionados, soprano Iréne Theorin brings her compelling portrayal of Isolde to a stunning production that celebrates the bicentenary of Wagner's birth with direction by Neil Armfield, who will also direct Opera Australia's first production of Wagner's Ring cycle later this fall. Conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin, and featuring an impressive international cast, Wagner's retelling of the beloved Celtic myth and its star-crossed lovers continues to enchant audiences across the globe.
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