Welsh National Opera - Le vin herbé Reviews
21 April 2021
Tom Randle (Tristan)
Chorus, Orchestra
Sian Meinir (Iseult of the White Hands)
Caitlin Hulcup (Iseult), Tom Randle (Tristan)
Rosie Hay (Brangien)

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Le vin herbé

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 16

L’opera in scena a Plymouth è congegnata dal Martin come una sorta di “oratorio mondano”
7 May 17 / OperaeOpera
WNO present an extremely esoteric work on their 2017 tour
15 Apr 17 / Seen and Heard
Martin’s take is filled with portent gloom from the off
30 Mar 17 / The Reviews Hub
Bitter wine: Frank Martin's Le Vin herbé an acquired taste
23 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
A very different ‘Tristan’ provides real, if Un-Wagnerian pleasures
3 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
Frank Martin was mad to write an opera based on Tristan – but the results are worthwhile
28 Feb 17 / The Spectator
Magic Potion
28 Feb 17 / The Critics' Circle
Frank Martin was mad to write an opera based on Tristan – but the results are worthwhile
24 Feb 17 / The Spectator
This austere composition, more oratorio than opera, approaches the story from its Celtic roots
22 Feb 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Swords and bows
20 Feb 17 / The Observer
Frank Martin’s setting of the Tristan legend is frugally staged but musically luminous
20 Feb 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Welsh National Opera’s austere staging packs a vocal punch
20 Feb 17 / The Times
An intoxicating, though sombre, evening
18 Feb 17 / The Reviews Hub
Swiss composer Frank Martin's version of the Tristan legend is very different from Wagner's
18 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
With its austere, pared down textures, Martin’s score is a direct, syllabic setting of the words
18 Feb 17 / Classical Source
A stark, brilliant new Tristan and Iseult staging
18 Feb 17 / The Guardian
Le Vin herbé: It's Tristan and Isolde, but not as you know it
Frank Martin’s chamber opera about the tragic lovers is the polar opposite of Wagner’s opulent extravaganza. The director of a new production explains how less is becoming more.
Production details
Cast
Hulcup, Wyn-Rogers, Meinir, Randle, Morris, Kirk, Wells, Hay
(c) Martin (d) Graham
Performance dates
16 February, 21, 28 March, 4, 18, 25 April 2017 (various locations)
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