Seattle Opera "Countdown to the 50th!" 1998 Eaglen-Heppner TRISTAN UND ISOLDE by Seattle Opera published on 2012/12/19 21:25:53 +0000 Help us celebrate great moments in Seattle Opera history as we approach our golden anniversary. This week, we remember summer 1998, when our production of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, directed by Francesca Zambello, featured the role debuts of Jane Eaglen and Ben Heppner as the star-crossed lovers. Peter Rose made his Seattle Opera debut in the production as King Marke, and Eaglen won Artist of the Year for the performance. Here, from the final moments of the first act, the lovers, having imbibed what they both think is poison, express their wildly passionate attraction in Wagner's feverish, chromatic music. After all, they think they've got nothing to lose at this point. But Brangäne (Michelle DeYoung), Isolde's handmaid, encourages her mistress to get a grip; the ship is coming into port, and Isolde is about to be presented to the man she must marry, King Marke. The sailors (the men of the Seattle Opera chorus above, body-builder supernumeraries recruited from local competitions and gyms below) loudly salute the king, and Kurwenal (Greer Grimsley) bounds up to Tristan, gleefully. The orchestra of Seattle Opera was conducted by Armin Jordan. Photo by Gary Smith.