Tristan und Isolde
by Richard Wagner
Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death. The vocal challenges, the sumptuous symphonic scale of the orchestral writing, and the mystical nature of the story feature title roles that are among the most extraordinarily demanding in opera.
Wagner’s preservation of the origin of the story emphasizes several key themes associated with ancient Celtic culture: mysticism, knowledge of the magic arts, an evolved warrior code, and a distinctly non-Christian vision of the possibilities of the afterlife.
Sir Simon Rattle conducts in one of his rare appearances at the Met.
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Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 4 hrs 47 min