Tristan and Isolde

Renowned Wagnerian Maestro Anthony Negus makes his Australian debut conducting Melbourne Opera’s production of this classic opera.

Production Details

2, 5, 7, 10th February, 2018.
Palais Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
Running Time:
4hr 30m, with two twenty minute intervals.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Anthony Negus
Director: Suzanne Chaundy 
Starring: Lee Abrahmsen, Neal Cooper, Sarah Sweeting, Steven Gallop.

Melbourne Opera brings you one of the oldest mythical love stories, Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde – considered by many to be his greatest music, certainly one of the most popular.

Recent productions of Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Rienzi have all received critical and popular acclaim. This new production directed by Suzanne Chaundy presents a unique opportunity to see a masterpiece last seen in Melbourne seventeen years ago – proudly supported by the Richard Wagner Society of Victoria.

With a strong cast headed by English tenor Neal Cooper, joined by soprano Lee Abrahmsen (Lee sang the role of Elizabeth in Tannhauser in 2016 for our company), you should enjoy an exhilarating evening.

“The extraordinary form and miasmic, restless shifting and questioning of the music leads the audience into an altered state.” Read more from our director, Suzanne Chaundy, on the inspiration and philosophy behind this famed classic.


Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers

Press & Reviews

— Barney Zwartz, Australian Book Review.

“Melbourne Opera punches well above its weight with a Wagnerian epic.” – ★★★★
— Tim Byrne, Timeout.

Cast & Crew

Isolde — Lee Abrahmsen
Tristan — Neal Cooper
Brangäne — Sarah Sweeting
Kurwenal — Michael Lampard
Marke — Steven Gallop
Melot — Jason Wasley
Shepherd — Michael Dimovski
Steerman — Stephen Marsh
Sailor —  Henry Choo

Andrew Alesi, James Ash, Ian Cook, David Cramond, Timothy Daly, Robin Czuchnowski, Andrew Dickinson, Michael Dimovski, Dick Dowling, Finn Gilheany, Michael Hammelman, Mark Henderson, Matthew Lowe, Terence MacManus, Stephen Marino, Bern Nolan, Matt Phillips, Rolald Seidl, Cameron Sibly, Elsdon Storey, Samuel Thomas-Holland, Robert Van Keulen, David Woodberry.


Conductor: Anthony Negus
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Head of Music & Chorus Master: Raymond Lawrence
Set Design/Construction: Greg Carroll
Video Designers: Yandell Walton, keith Deverell
Costume Designer: Lucy Wilkins
Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw
Projection Technician: Olaf Meyer
Language Coach: Carmen Jakobi-Negus
Repetiteur:  Konrad Olszewski
Assistant Director: Miki Oikawa
Stage Manager: Lachlan O’Connor
Assistant Stage Manger: Kirsty Walker
Surtitles: Felicity Baldoc, Miki Oikawa
Hair, Make-up & Wigs: Taylor Elliott
Warbrobe Manager: Rhiannon Irving
Company Manager: Robbie McPhee
Producer: Greg Hocking AM