The International Wagner Festival


Tristan und Isolde

Composer, Richard Wagner

Classical Wagnerian Opera
  • David Gilbert, Conductor

    David Gilbert, Conductor

    David Gilbert is Conductor in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Music Director of the Greenwich (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York. He has been highly acclaimed for his dynamic performances with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. After winning First Prize in the 1970 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition, he served as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic 1970-79, was Principal Conductor of the American Ballet Theatre 1971-75, and Chief Assistant to Pierre Boulez at the 1976 Bayreuth Festival. At China’s invitation, he served as Principal Guest Conductor and Music Adviser of the Beijing Philharmonic (1980-82). The first American musician to hold a position of national prominence in China, Mr. Gilbert was instrumental in rebuilding that nation’s major symphony orchestra. Mr. Gilbert’s guest conducting has included the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, and the orchestras of Nashville, Rochester, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Louisville, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Milan’s RAI Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic. He spent 7 summers as Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and 9 years as a guest conductor at the Manchester, Vermont, Festival. For 3 recent summers he conducted a series of concerts at the International Piano Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands. In 2004-5, Mr. Gilbert served as the United States judge for the Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy. As Resident Conductor at the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Gilbert has given several important opera premieres, including the New York premiere of Shostakovich’s “The Nose” in 1985, and the U.S. premiere of Martinu’s “Mirandolina” in 2004. He conducted a series of recordings of American operas for Manhattan School on Albany Records. Composer and flutist as well, Mr. Gilbert resides in New Jersey with his wife, Nonie. They are the proud parents of Halley, Mara, and Karl.
  • Alison Bolshoi, Mezzo-Soprano

    Alison Bolshoi, Mezzo-Soprano

  • Jeffrey Hartman, Tenor

    Jeffrey Hartman, Tenor

  • John Packard, Tenor

    John Packard, Tenor

  • William Hobbs, Pianist

    William Hobbs, Pianist

  • DeAndre Simmons, Bass

    DeAndre Simmons, Bass


The International Wagner Festival is a nonprofit Opera Company performing Wagnerian Opera for the public.  Donations or Contributions to support our future performances would be greatly appreciated.


The International Wagner Festival is bringing internationally acclaimed

Opera Stars to perform Tristan und Isolde.

In Tristan and Isolde, one of Opera’s grandest masterpieces,

Wagner brings forth an epic tale of eternal love.

Details coming soon!


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