Teodor Currentzis Cancels ‘Tristan und Isolde’

By Francisco Salazar

Teodor Currentzis will no longer perform “Tristan und Isolde” in Moscow, Dortmund, and Baden-Baden.

In an official press release, it was announced that “the planned performance of Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’ cannot take place as planned because the cast of singers is no longer fully available. In intensive discussions with Teodor Currentzis, given the current situation in Ukraine, we have come to the conclusion that we should not select a different opera, but rather a piece that is more appropriate to the situation.”

The news comes after singers Andreas Schager and Torsten Kerl noted that they would not perform in Moscow due to the war. It also comes as Teodor Currentzis continues to receive criticism over his affiliation with a Russian bank backed by Vladimir Putin. Many of his concerts have been canceled as he has not taken a stand against the war.

The Verdi Requiem is set to be performed in Moscow on Nov. 9, in Baden Baden on Nov. 17 & 20, and in Dortmund on Nov. 25. Zarina Abaeva, Eve-Maud Hubeaux, and Matthias Goerne will perform with a tenor still to be determined.