by Richard Wagner
History, myth, and invention come together in Tannhäuser to create a unique and powerful drama. The title character was a real 13th-century Minnesinger who inspired a legend that Wagner used as the basis for the opera. He notably added the character of Elisabeth, based on the historical Saint Elisabeth of Hungary, wife of the Landgrave of Thuringia.
Conductor: James Levine
Tannhäuser: Johan Botha
Elisabeth: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Wolfram: Peter Mattei
Venus: Michelle DeYoung
Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 4 hrs 20 min