Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Tristan und Isolde Covent Garden 1951

 Here is the final quarter of an hour of Tristan from Kirsten Flagstad's last live broadcast of the opera, in London in 1951. The complete opera was broadcast but it does not seem to have survived. All that now exists are the last fifteen minutes, featuring the famous liebestod, and Flagstad's power and command of the role are clear for all to see. She would, of course, return to London to record the entire opera for EMI in the summer of 1952, but here we have a glimpse of the full splendour of her performance on the stage, after 4 hours of singing.  The sound is bit crackly, being an aircheck of the radio broadcast, but clear enough. 



Tristan und Isolde - 29 May 1951

Covent Garden Opera Company
Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Conductor Clemens Krauss

Young Seaman
Edgar Evans
Kirsten Flagstad
Constance Shacklock
Sigurd Bjorling
Set Svanholm
Geraint Evans
King Mark
Norman Walker
David Tree
Rhydderch Davies
Sailors, Knights, Courtiers, Servants
The Covent Garden Opera Chorus

The Covent Garden Orchestra   

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