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Opera: Tristan and Isolde

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Gerhard Siegel, tenor (Tristan)
Nina Stemme, soprano (Isolde)
Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano (Brangäne)
Ain Anger, bass (King Marke)
Alan Held, bass-baritone (Kurwenal)
Sean Michael Plumb, baritone (Melot)
Matthew Plenk, tenor (Young Sailor/Shepherd)
Francisco X. Prado, baritone (Steersman)
Men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus


In Tristan and Isolde the 19th century’s Romantic Era reached its climax. Here, Wagner wrote powerful music unending longing (and unresolved harmony) – of a doomed love that reaches its full potential only through death. Renowned dramatic soprano Nina Stemme returns to Cleveland to join a cast of internationally acclaimed singers, together with the clarity and power of The Cleveland Orchestra. 

At a Glance
WAGNER - Tristan and Isolde
(opera in concert)

Sung in German with projected English supertitles.


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Free Concert Previews

April 17 – 10 a.m. Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library
April 17 – 1:15 p.m. Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
April 18 – 1:15 p.m. Fairview Park Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
April 19 – 1:15 p.m. Orange Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library 

Learn about the history of Tristan and Isolde, discuss the life of Richard Wagner, and be guided through musical listening examples with Dr. Rose Breckenridge. 

Offered as part of The Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Group program.

Call (216) 231-7355 or email to reserve your spot today!

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About the Music

Information and background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time (see links below).

On-Line FlipBook
Click or tap here to read this week's program book as an online flipbook, best viewed on a desktop or tablet computer. 
(2017-18, Weeks 21 and 22: published April 18)

Mobile-Friendly ExpressBook (
Click or tap here to read about the concert on your phone with our mobile-friendly ExpressBook, available the week of the concert.

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Pre-Concert dining is available at the Opus Café and Severance Restaurant. 

The Opus Café is a relaxed counter-service location serving beer, wine, cocktails, and food offerings. 

Severance Restaurant is operated by Marigold Catering and features contemporary American cuisine in an elegant setting.  Click here to see the current menu.

Severance Restaurant will open at 4:00 PM on April 21 and 26, and at 12:00 PM on April 29.

For Severance Restaurant reservations,
Please call 216-231-7373



During the intermissions, the following expanded food options will be available from bars in Smith Lobby, Grand Foyer, Box Level, and Dress Circle Lobby for $15.

Chicken Waldorf Sandwich (with side of chips)
Lobster Roll (with side of chips)
Potsticker Noodle Box (vegetarian)

Additional seating will be available during each intermission.

The bars also offer wine, beer, cocktails, other beverages and desserts.


Opus Café will be open after each performance of Tristan and Isolde offering the intermission menu, wine, beer, cocktails, and other beverages.

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A variety of parking options are available for concerts at Severance Hall, including guaranteed pre-paid parking passes (purchased through the Ticket Office or via this website) for many but not all events.

The Case Western Reserve University Campus Center Garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Hall (parking entrance is off East Boulevard), with stair and elevator access to Severance Hall.  Event parking in the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for $11 per vehicle when space permits. However, the garage often fills up well before concert time and only patrons who purchase pre-paid parking passes are ensured a parking space. 

close croppedPre-Paid Parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for many concerts in advance for $15 per concert by calling the Ticket Office or through this website.  Pre-paid parking guarantees you a space, but availability of pre-paid parking passes is limited.  

If you are purchasing online via this website, you will have the opportunity after selecting your concert tickets to add pre-paid parking (if pre-paid parking is available for your performance) to your order.  Please note that each pre-paid parking pass is for a specific date and concert).

If you have already purchased concert tickets, you can still purchase pre-paid parking online by locating the car icon at the top righthand side of this page.  The text with the icon will show you whether pre-paid parking is availble.  Click on the link.

Parking can also be purchased through the Ticket Office by calling 216-231-1111.

Limited additional event parking is available in the Case Western Reserve University Lot 1 off Euclid Avenue across from Severance Hall, or at the University Circle Lot 13A on Adelbert Road, and at the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking garage on East Boulevard.  Space at these lots may be particularly limited during weekday daytime hours.  Some on-street parking is also available, but often fills up well before curtain time.

For a printable map of parking areas surrounding Severance Hall, click here.

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