The 2016-17 season, starting from October, features six new productions and 20 revivals. The three acts of the opera are originally set, respectively, aboard ship on the Irish Sea, in Cornwall (Britain) and in Brittany (France). The many versions of this story all pay homage to the Celtic ambience and probable origin of the tale. Wagner’s preservation of this context emphasises several key themes associated with ancient Celtic culture: mysticism, knowledge of the magical arts, an evolved warrior code, and a distinctly non-Christian vision of the possibilities of the afterlife.
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Production: Mariusz Treli?ski
Cast: Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin & René Pape