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Composed by Richard Wagner

Conducted by James Conlon

Final livestream on Oct. 27.

Two livestreamed performances to watch from home

Livestreams for Tannhäuser concluded on October 27, we hope you enjoyed the performance.

LA Opera will be offering two livestreamed performances of Tannhäuser for audience members who are unable to attend an in-person performance, or prefer to watch from their home at this time. As these two performances will be livestreamed from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, they will not be able to be re-watched. Access to these performances is $30 per person.

If you are a current ticketholder and would like to exchange into one of our live broadcast performances of Tannhäuser, you can do so by either logging into your account or calling our box office at 213.972.8001 (Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm). 

After escaping an erotic entrapment with the goddess Venus, Tannhäuser returns to the real world to pursue the virtuous love of a mortal woman. But in a momentary lapse of judgment, he shocks the town with a passionate affirmation of carnal delights... which definitely doesn't help him woo the innocent young woman heʼs smitten with.

Watch a sneak peek of Tannhäuser below:


Issachah Savage
Sara Jakubiak
Yulia Matochkina
Morris Robinson
Lucas Meachem
Philip Cokorinos
Walther von der vogelwide
Heinrich der schreiber
Patrick Blackwell
Voice of Shepherd
Erica Petrocelli

Creative Team

James Conlon
Original production
Ian Judge
Louisa Muller
Scenery and costumes
Gottfried Pilz
Aszure Barton


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Act One
In the Venusberg, magical abode of Venus, the minnesinger Tannhäuser halfheartedly praises the goddess of beauty, who for more than a year has bestowed her love upon him. Venus promises greater revels when Tannhäuser asks for his freedom, but she curses his hopes of salvation when he longs for the simple pleasures and pains of earthly life. In response he calls on the Virgin Mary, and the Venusberg vanishes.

Tannhäuser finds himself near the castle of the Wartburg, where passing pilgrims inspire him to laud the wonders of God. Horns announce the Landgrave Hermann and his knights, who recognize their long-lost comrade and invite him to the castle. One of them, Wolfram von Eschenbach, reminds Tannhäuser that in the past his singing won the love of Elisabeth, the landgrave's beautiful niece. On hearing her name, Tannhäuser embraces and joins his companions.

Act Two
In the Hall of Song in the Wartburg, Elisabeth hails the place where she first heard Tannhäuser's voice. Wolfram reunites the happy pair, who sings God's praises. As guests arrive, the landgrave promises Elisabeth's hand to the winner of a contest of love songs. Wolfram delivers an idealized tribute to Elisabeth, whom he too has loved. Tannhäuser, his soul still possessed by Venus, counters with a frenzied hymn to the pleasures of worldly love. Everyone is shocked, but Elisabeth protects Tannhäuser from harm, securing her uncle’s pardon for her beloved on the condition that he make a pilgrimage to Rome to seek absolution.

Act Three
Several months later, Wolfram discovers Elisabeth at evening prayer before a shrine in the Wartburg valley. She searches among approaching pilgrims for Tannhäuser, but in vain. Broken, she prays to the Virgin to receive her soul in heaven. Wolfram, alone, asks the evening star to guide her on her way. Tannhäuser now staggers in wearily to relate that despite his abject penitence, the Pope decreed he could as soon be forgiven as the papal staff could break into flower. The desperate man calls to Venus, but she vanishes when Tannhäuser is reminded again by Wolfram of Elisabeth, whose funeral procession now nears. Tannhäuser collapses, dying, by her bier. A chorus of pilgrims enters, recounting a miracle: the Pope’s staff, which they bear forward, has blossomed.

Synopsis by John W. Freeman, reprinted courtesy of Opera News.

An LA Opera original production

Performed in German with English subtitles

Running time approx: 4 hours, with two intermissions

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