Wagner: Tannhäuser (Bayreuth, 2019)
Tobias Kratzer's production of Tannhäuser, which was first performed at the Bayreuth Festival in 2019, begins as a road movie with a troupe composed of outsiders and dropouts. Kratzer takes his cue from Wagner's slogan "free in wanting, free in doing, free in enjoying" and also makes reference to the festival's history. Germany's FAZ found it "so tasteful, imaginative, pointed and funny that the audience has to be riveted and laugh, even if it becomes bitterly serious at the end." While tenor Stephen Gould has been a highly regarded regular at the festival for years, Valery Gergiev and soprano Lise Davidsen, who is at the start of her international career, make their highly anticipated Bayreuth debuts in this production.
- Daniel Behle (Tenor), Lise Davidsen (Soprano), Markus Eiche (Baritone), Stephen Gould (Tenor), Lucilla Graham (Mezzo-Soprano), Annette Gutjahr (Alto), Katharina Konradi (Soprano), Manni Laudenbach (Actor/Singer), Stephen Milling (Bass), Cornelia Ragg (Soprano), Jorge Rodriguez-Norton (Tenor), Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Bass), Kay Stiefermann (Baritone), Elena Zhidkova (Mezzo-Soprano)
- Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
- Valery Gergiev