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Important years in Richard Wagner's life

1813 born in Leipzig
1834 Die Feen completed
1843 Holländer premiere
1845 Tannhäuser premiere
1850 Lohengrin premiere
1852 text of Rheingold and Walküre
1854 Das Rheingold completed
1856 Die Walküre completed
1859 Tristan completed
1865 Tristan premiere in Munich
1868 Meistersinger premiere
1869 Das Rheingold premiere
1870 Die Walküre premiere
1871 Siegfried completed
1874 Götterdämmerung completed
1876 First Festival in Bayreuth
1882 Parsifal premiere
1883 Wagner dies in Venice


Tristan und Isolde (CD): Wilhelm Furtwängler, Kirsten Flagstad, Ludwig Suthaus, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

Tristan: Ludwig Suthaus
Isolde: Kirsten Flagstad
Brangäne: Blanche Thebom
König Marke: Josef Greindl
Kurwenal: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Melot: Edgar Evans
Seemann: Rudolf Schock
Hirt: Rudolf Schock
Steuermann: Rhoderick Davies

Philharmonia Orchestra
Chorus of the Royal Operahouse, Covent Garden

Mono studio recording from 1952

Search Amazon for Wilhelm Furtwängler's classic recording of Tristan und Isolde with Kirsten Flagstad


"The concept is spacious from the opening Prelude onwards, but equally the bite and colour of the drama are vividly conveyed, matching the nobility of Flagstad's portrait of Isolde. The richly commanding power of her singing and her always distinctive timbre make it a uniquely compelling performance. Suthaus is not of the same calibre as Heldentenor, but he avoids ugliness and strain. Among the others, the only remarkable performance comes from the young Fischer-Dieskau as Kurwenal, not ideally cast but keenly imaginative."
The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music

"Furtwängler’s firm control and masterly conception of the score and his unfailing response to the subtleties of Wagner’s writing are shown in page after page … I have already praised the choice of Ludwig Suthaus for Tristan … and Flagstad. It is moving beyond words to hear the great singer, with her art at the height of its maturity, as time bids her say farewell to Tristan."

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Tristan und Isolde on CD

Leonard Bernstein (1981)

Leonard Bernstein Tristan

Hildegard Behrens, Peter Hofmann, Bernd Weikl, Hans Sotin, Yvonne Minton, Heribert Steinbach, Thomas Moser, Heinz Zednik, Raimund Grumbach


Karl Böhm (1966)


Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Christa Ludwig, Martti Talvela
Live from Bayreuther Festspiele/Bayreuth Festival

Wilhelm Furtwängler (1952)


Kirsten Flagstad, Ludwig Suthaus, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Josef Greindl, Rudolf Schock, Edgar Evans, Blanche Thebom

Carlos Kleiber (1982)

René Kollo, Margaret Price, Brigitte Fassbaender, Kurt Moll, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Werner Götz, Anton Dermota

Christian Thielemann (2003)

Deborah Voigt, Thomas Moser, Robert Holl, Peter Weber, Markus Nieminen, Petra Lang
Live from Wiener Staatsoper

Antonio Pappano (2005)


Placido Domingo, Nina Stemme, Mihoko Fujimura, René Pape, Rolando Villazón, Ian Bostridge, Olaf Bär

Georg Solti (1960)


Fritz Uhl, Birgit Nilsson, Regina Resnik, Tom Krause, Arnold van Mill, Waldemar Kmentt, Ernst Kozub, Peter Klein

Karl Elmendorff (1928)


Gunnar Graarud, Nanny Larsen-Todsen, Ivar F. Andresen
Live from Bayreuther Festspielhaus

Herbert von Karajan

Jon Vickers, Helga Dernesch, Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry
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Fritz Reiner (1936)

Fritz Reiner Tristan 1936 cover

Lauritz Melchior, Kirsten Flagstad, Herbert Janssen, Emanuel List



Tristan und Isolde on DVD

Chéreau/Barenboim, La Scala 2007

tristan cover chereau

Waltraud Meier, Ian Storey, Matti Salminen, Gerd Grochowski, Michelle De Young

Müller / Barenboim, Bayreuth 1995

Siegfried Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, Matthias Hölle, Falk Struckmann, Uta Priew, Poul Elming, Peter Maus, Sándor Sólyom-Nagy
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Bayreuth 2009

Robert Dean Smith, Robert Holl, Iréne Theorin, Jukka Rasilainen, Michelle Breedt




Ponnelle/Barenboim, Bayreuth 1983

René Kollo, Johanna Meier, Matti Salminen, Hanna Schwarz
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Konwitschny /  Mehta, München 1999

konwitschny tristan

Waltraud Meier, Jon Fredric West, Kurt Moll, Bernd Weikl, Claes H. Ahnsjö, Marjana Lipovsek, Peter Konwitschny.
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Kirchner / Billy, Barcelona 2005

cover tristan barcelona

Deborah Polaski, John Treleaven, Eric Halfvarson, Falk Struckmann, Lioba Braun, Wolfgang Rauch
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Lehnhoff / Jiri Belohlavek 2007

Nina Stemme, Robert Gambill, René Pape, Bo Skovhus
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Friedrich / Kout, Deutsche Oper 1993

tristan friedrich cover

René Kollo, Gwyneth Jones, Robert Lloyd

Johannes Felsenstein / Golo Berg

tristan cover

Richard Decker, Iordanka Derilova

Böhm, Vickers, Nilsson (1973)

Nikolaus Lehnhoff (1973), Karl Böhm, Jon Vickers, Birgit Nilsson, Walter Berry, Bengt Rundgren, Ruth Hesse

Gustav Kuhn / Tiroler Festspiele Erl, 2006

tristan cover

Tristan und Isolde (DVD):
Tiroler Festspiele Erl 2006, Gustav Kuhn, Alan Woodrow, Michela Sburlati, Duccio dal Monte



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