In its 2007/08 season, La Scala staged Tristan und Isolde in a new production by Patrice Chéreau. In this collaboration, Daniel Barenboim and Patrice Chéreau (of whom Daniel Barenboim said: "In Chereau, I found my ideal partner“) fulfil a Wagnerian dream they had been cherishing since 1980. The opera hadn’t been staged at La Scala for over 30 years and was a triumph with over 20 minutes of applause.
The public and critics were unanimous in praising the performances, the production, Daniel Barenboim’s conducting as well as the cast, which boasts Waltraud Meier as Isolde and saw as Tristan, British tenor Ian Storey in his Scala debut. The audience was equally thrilled by Finnish bass Matti Salminem’s performance as König Marke, and by Michelle DeYoung, the gifted American mezzo as Brangäne.
- Isolde: Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano)
- Tristan: Ian Storey (tenor)
- Brangäne: Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano)
- König Marke: Matti Salminen (bass)
- Kurwenal: Gerd Grochowski (tenor)
- Melot: Will Hartmann (tenor)
Stage Director: Patrice Chéreau
Set designs: Richard Peduzzi
Costume designs: Moidele Bickel
Running time: approximately 5h20mins
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / Dolby 5.1 Surround / DTS 5.1 Surround
Sung in German
Subtitles: GB, F, D, IT, SP