So war es mein Kuss,
der welthellsichtig dich machte?
Mein volles Liebesumfangen
lässt dich dann Gottheit erlangen.
Die Welt erlöse, ist dies dein Amt;
schuf dich zum Gott die Stunde,
für sie lass mich
ewig dann verdammt,
nie heile mir die Wunde!
Richard Wagner, Parsifal
Violeta sings Isolde in Paris
copyright: Javier del Real / Teatro Real
Following on from the extraordinary success of "Tristan und Isolde" at the beginning of the year in Madrid, the singer will return to the stage as Isolde in April at Paris's Opéra Bastille.
This visually stunning production, staged by director Peter Sellars and the video artist Bill Viola, has since attained cult status, having taken Violeta Urmana in the past to many of Europe's prime music venues.
Singing with her are Robert Dean Smith as Tristan and Franz Josef Selig as King Marke. Brangäne is played by Janina Baechle and Kurwenal by Jochen Schmeckenbecher. Principal conductor Philippe Jordan directs the Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris.
The New York Times described Urmana's Isolde in Madrid thus: "Ms. Urmana, an
acclaimed Isolde, sang the narrative and curse with rich, textured sound, deep expressivity and chilling top notes."
April 8, 12, 17, 21, 25 and 29 and May 4, 2104 (Opéra Bastille Paris)