Tristan und Isolde in Perth

Under the baton of Asher Fisch, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra continues its presentation of Wagner’s masterpieces with the dramatic, philosophical and profoundly influential opera, Tristan und Isolde. Australian Stuart Skelton, the finest Tristan of our time, and internationally celebrated Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek claim the stage as the tragic young lovers.

The 1865 opera arguably set the tone for all Western music in the ensuing decades, and while some composers sought to imitate it and some reacted against it, none could ignore it. Attend a special talk to deepen your understanding of this great dramatic opera.

Enjoy a day trip past the forests abutting Perth to the charming town of York, Western Australia’s oldest inland settlement. Dating back to the Western Australian Gold Rush in the 1890s, York is one of the State’s historic gems with fine examples of civic and commercial architecture.


Make your way to the Duxton Hotel in Perth for a special welcome dinner with Alan and fellow travellers. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.


This morning, depart for York for an exploration of the first inland settlement of Western Australia. Established in 1831, the heritage town, situated on the banks of the Avon River amidst farmland and natural scenery, presents beautifully preserved examples of colonial architecture with its precinct of Victorian and Federation style buildings. Wander along sections of the Heritage Trail to see the Town Hall, Old Hospital, Court House and the Church of St. Patrick, with the latter built in the domineering Gothic revival style.

On your return to Perth visit Kings Park for spectacular displays of Western Australia’s unique flora and breathtaking views across the CBD and Swan River. The evening is at leisure.


Spend the morning at leisure.

In the afternoon attend a pre-performance talk followed by the highlight event of the weekend at Perth Concert Hall. Conducted by Asher Fisch, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra perform Richard Wagner’s revolutionary music-drama Tristan und Isolde, with its ground-breaking harmonies and expressive textures. This concert performance features tenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Isolde with the remaining cast filled by a celebrated cast of international and Australian singers. An afternoon tea and light supper will be served during the two intervals.

Asher Fisch conductor
Stuart Skelton Tristan
Eva-Maria Westbroek Isolde
Ekaterina Gubanova Brangäne
Boaz Daniel Kurwenal
Ain Anger King Marke
Angus Wood Melot
Paul O’Neill Young Sailor/Shepherd
Andrew Foote Steersman
with WASO Chorus and St. George’s Cathedral Consort


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.


Per person, twin-share from

AUD 1,500

Single Supplement* from

AUD 300

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

Tour prices

Final payment due

03 July 2018

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.

Tour price includes

  • Premium tickets to WASO’s concert performance of Tristan und Isolde
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Duxton Hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner, AT = Afternoon Tea, LS = Light Supper), including wines with dinners
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Comprehensive sightseeing in and around Perth, as per itinerary
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Hotel porterage
  • Travel insurance (recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
Duxton Hotel****+
Situated in Perth’s city centre, the Duxton Hotel Perth is next to the Perth Concert Hall, with the Swan River a 5-minute walk away. Dining options include the ‘Firewater Grille’ restaurant, serving modern international cuisine and wines from Western Australia, as well as a bar. Leisure facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre with sauna and steam room, as well as an outdoor swimming pool.

NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.


With a tour de force performance, Sunday 19th of August marks the end of West Australian Symphony Orchestra conductor Asher Fisch’s ambitious two-year Wagner journey. Starting with Wagner and Beyond in 2017, with a focus on works from the 1830s and 40s that Richard Wagner himself would have heard, as well as late Romantic works heavily influenced by the Wagnerian style from composers such as Mahler and Strauss, WASO’s 2018 Tristan und Isolde has been a highlighted premiere event since its initial announcement. Reuniting Australian Stuart Skelton and Dutch Eva-Maria Westbroek to reprise the roles they sung at the 2016 Baden Baden Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, the concert also brings together the WASO Chorus and St. George’s Cathedral Consort with the Orchestra for Wagner’s rousing and heady chorales. Undeniably radical, innovative and influential, Wagner’s music in Tristan und Isolde pushed the boundary of conventional harmony, tonality and orchestration, shaping the Western musical landscape for the 19th and 20th century.

Asher Fisch conducts the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Photo Emma Van Dordrecht