Release Date:

Feb 2017



Sound Format:

Dolby Digital 2.0 & DTS 5.1 Digital Surround

Catalog Number:


Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Teatro Real)

Christopher Maltman (Friedrich); Peter Lodahl (Lucio); Ilker Arcayürek (Claudio); David Alegret (Antonio); David Jerusalem (Angelo); Manuela Uhl (Isabella); Maria Miró (Mariana); Isaac Galán (Danieli); María Hinojosa (Dorella); Francisco Vas (Pontio Pilato);

Wagner’s rarely performed early comic opera, based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, enjoys its Spanish debut in a new production by director Kasper Holten. The lively score boasts clear Italian, French and Weberian influences that pre-date the composer’s mature voice, yet the music continually delights with the unmistakable emergence of Wagner’s precocious genius. His adaptation of the Bard’s play reflects the rebellious mood of a Revolutionary Germany, vindicating sensual love and attacking the fanatical repression of sexuality by a puritanical and hypocritical authority. Ivor Bolton conducts a vibrant cast featuring English baritone and Cardiff Singer of the World Lieder Prize-winner Christopher Maltman, Turkish-Viennese tenor and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ilker Arcayürek and Germany’s hottest Wagnerian leading lady, Manuela Uhl.


"The production by Kasper Holten is excellent: fun, imaginative, lively, and beautifully suited to a comic opera. The sets consist of a house with multiple rooms and stairs which, based upon lighting and the imagination, serves as the whorehouse El Corso, a convent, and even a prison. The colourful costumes respond perfectly to the demands of this opera, or rather operetta (and very near to a musical). To this must be added a superb job of lighting and excellent choreography. Mr. Holten’s direction is outstanding from beginning to end, narrating the story effectively and bringing the action up to modern times. Ivor Bolton was on the podium with the first cast, and his reading was well-suited to the work." (Seen and Heard International)