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|
|Young Seaman||Edgar Evans|
|King Mark||Norman Walker|
|Sailors, Knights, Courtiers, Servants||The Covent Garden Opera Chorus|
|The Covent Garden Orchestra|