Tristan & Iseult:
A Medieval Romance in Poetry and Music
Based on original medieval sources with texts from Gottfried von Strassburg (ca. 1210) & Thomas de Bretagne (ca. 1155-1160)
Tristan: Sumner Thompson, baritone
Iseult the Blonde: Anne Azéma, mezzo-soprano
Brangane: Clare McNamara, mezzo-soprano
King Mark: Jason McStoots, tenor
Susanne Ansorg: vielle, citole, lauta
Joel Cohen: narration, lauta
Anne Azéma: stage and musical direction
Peter Torpey: lighting/media design
Renowned as America’s pre-eminent early music ensemble, the Boston Camerata’s musical performances are praised for their blending of spontaneity and emotional commitment with careful research and scholarship. With its distinguished roster of singers and specialists in early instruments, the Camerata produces an in-town concert series for audiences in the Greater Boston area. The Camerata also tours regularly in the US and all over the world. These live performances present vital, historically informed performances of European music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, and of early American music, sacred and secular. Founded in 1954, Camerata has been under the direction of French-born singer and scholar Anne Azéma since 2008.
The Boston Camerata has participated in numerous festivals including Berkeley, Boston Early Music Festivals and Tanglewood. They have appeared at the most prestigious series across the country as well as internationally. Media appearances by the Boston Camerata have included a nationally syndicated radio series in the U.S. and numerous broadcasts internationally. Simple Gifts (1995) and The Golden Harvest (2007) are the group’s Shaker music projects and have been the subject of extensive coverage on national television, American public radio, and the BBC.
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