Tannhäuser | Bayreuth Festival

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January 1970

Thuringia , Wartburg and the surrounding area , in the 13th Century.

Act I

The acclaimed minstrel Henry of Novalis called Tannhäuser, has , without knowing it , the affection of Elizabeth , niece of the Landgrave Hermann, won , the ever gathered at the Wartburg knightly singers to compete . But Tannhäuser has long since disappeared . He lives in the Venusberg , surrounded by the goddess of love with sensual pleasures . Meanwhile oversaturated it, he sees in his mind's eye the former world with their green nature . More and more pressing is its call to Venus, to let him go ( " tones you praise! Miracles sei'n praised "). Their requests to stay there , even the wrath of the goddess , which he predicts that he would return repentant , are in vain. When he calls the Virgin Mary , sinking into the Venusberg . Tannhäuser finds himself near a Marian column in a valley not far from the Wartburg again . Seized he listens to the song of a shepherd boy ( "Mrs. Holda came out of the mountain") . Soon approaching with the sound of horns hunting society of the Landgrave . Joyful Tannhäuser is welcomed. Mindful of his long absences , he can not explain , he wants to retire , but Wolfram von Eschenbach calls him the name of Elizabeth and tells him that Tannhäuser had won her heart ( "When you tell us bestrittest in bold Sange "). Then Tannhauser hurries thrilled with the Knights of Wartburg.

Act II

Since the disappearance of Tannhauser there was not a singer at the Wartburg festival. Now Elizabeth is looking forward to the re-entry of art and the reunion with the Beloved ( aria " expensive like Halle I greet again "). Tannhäuser comes in and throws himself at her feet . You can no longer hide their love ( duet " O princess ! "), While tungsten to win his own hope , Elizabeth, gives resignation . The Landgrave occurs , knights and followers gather ( " Entry of the Guests "; " Joyfully we welcome "). With chosen words of Landgraf explained the importance of the singer festival which is marked by the return of Tannhäuser ( " Gar much and nice ..."). The theme of the recent contest to be the essence of love . Wolfram von Eschenbach was chosen by lot to sing first . He praises the love in earnest quiet words ( " I look ' round in this noble circles" ) . Next up Walther von der Vogelweide sings of love as the purest virtue ( " the fount , the tungsten called us "). Both singers responds Tannhäuser is appreciable scorn ; but he has met another love at Venus . Biterolfs harsh words Tannhäuser met with sharp mockery. Once again, take the word of tungsten and examined the irritable mood by a song of praise to the high celestial love ( " O heaven , let implore you now - you love high " ) to appease . But Tannhäuser is again advised all under the spell of the goddess of love and glorified in an ecstatic song of triumph sensual love ( " You, Goddess of Love "). Shocked , the women left the room , only Elizabeth remains in a daze back in utter bewilderment . The Knights invade with cold steel on Tannhäuser , as Elisabeth throws between the disputants - only God had the right to punish . Your self Tannhäuser has inflicted by his outrage the deepest wound. His injustice recognizing Tannhäuser implores heaven for mercy . Since he has the Landgrave a way of salvation : One group of pilgrims who is on his way to Rome , he should join in order to atone for the Bus Trip his fault. Shaken crashes Tannhäuser from the hall.


Before the portrait of the Virgin Mary Elizabeth tungsten is absorbed in prayer ( " well- aware ' I here find them in prayer "). The singing of the pilgrims returning from Rome seam ( Choir " Delighted must now you, O home , I schau'n "). Full of scary looking Elisabeth among them after the one she expected so longingly . Since they did not find him , she falls again down at the picture of Mary and asks with heartfelt words to Tannhäuser's salvation (prayer " Allmächt'ge Virgin , hear my prayer "). Then she rises , tungsten escort gently dismissive , up to the Wartburg . While tungsten wistfully the evening mood ("How premonition of death Dämm'rung covers the land " ) and the evening star sings to a tired lonely pilgrim drags . Joyful Wolfram wants to greet him when he recognizes Tannhäuser. However, this rejects him with a painful gesture. He says Wolfram from all the troubles of his pilgrimage. More than any other he has loaded with pain and privation , to atone for his sins , but all in vain : he was the only did not grant the salvation of the Pope . As little as the rod in the hand of the Pope could carry green leaves again, be Tannhäuser escape eternal damnation ( Romer count " fervor in the heart "). In more and more excitement, he increases , calls loudly for Venus, in whose realm he wants to return forever as she prophesied . And already the Venusberg appears to open , alluring appears the goddess of love . Since tungsten tested again the power of the loved ones name and calls Tannhäuser conjuring the name "Elisabeth" for . Lamenting her sorrow sinks Venus, while sound from afar dirges to Elizabeth's funeral . Your name on the lips, Tannhäuser dies , his soul is saved. Young pilgrims bring the news of a miracle from Rome: The Pope's dry rod , the Lord has adorned with fresh greenery. The knights and pilgrims come together in devotion to prayer.

Program and cast

Conductor: Axel Kober
Director: Tobias Kratzer
Stage design: Rainer Sellmaier
Costumes: Rainer Sellmaier
Lighting: Reinhard Traub
Video: Manuel Brown
Dramaturgy: Konrad Kuhn
Choral Conducting: Eberhard Friedrich

Landgrave Hermann: Stephen Milling
Tannhäuser: Stephen Gould
Wolfram von Eschenbach: Markus Eiche
Walther von der Vogelweide: Daniel Behle
Biterolf: Kay Stepman
Henry the Writer: Jorge Rodríguez-Norton
Reinmar von Zweter: Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Elisabeth, niece of the landgrave: Lise Davidsen
Venus: Ekaterina Gubanova
A young shepherd: Katharina Konradi
Le Gateau Chocolat: Le Gateau Chocolat
Oscar: Manni Laudenbach

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