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 Urmana sings Isolde in Vienna
as Isolde - Vienna State Opera 2009 (c) A. Zeininger
Autumn this year was dominated for Violeta Urmana by Giuseppe Verdi, but in December she will again turn her attention to Richard Wagner. After rediscovering the role of Eboli - a part for which she was highly acclaimed before her change to the soprano fach - she will now give Isolde, one of her star roles in recent years.
Shortly before Christmas, Violeta Urmana will sing Isolde at the Vienna State Opera under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung in a production by David McVicar that was premiered this year in June. Her partners are Robert Dean Smith, Elisabeth Kulman, Matthias Goerne and Albert Dohmen.
When the Lithuanian-born artist sings this role, with which she has enjoyed such great acclaim worldwide, in the last weeks of the Wagner bicentennial year, she will demonstrate once again that she is an outstanding versatile singer of her generation who has a wide range of roles at her finger tips, from the great mezzo ones to the highly dramatic soprano fach.
Tristan und Isolde December 8, 13, 17 and 21, 2013 at 5 p.m.