LA Opera Presents Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
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David Hockney's set and the orchestra were the best part of the entertainment. Isolde was a much better singer than Tristan. He is a mushy looking Brit with limited acting ability. i was surprised since this is his big role. the lovers' themes are among the world's most romantic music. so the beginning of the opera in which the orchestra sets those themes and then continues them through the opera is really important.
The conductor led that orchestra and supported the singers. i can recommend the performance on this alone. Watson has a strong voice, a little harsh, and looks pretty good from the neck up.
The return of an iconic coup de theatre. David Hockney’s stunning designs make his breathtaking, internationally acclaimed staging of Tristan und Isolde one of the Company’s most exciting landmark productions. The bold and fancifully abstract Hockney sets dazzle the eye, creating a “tone of antic freshness, of fairy-tale legend filtered through adult (and adulterous) fantasy” (New York Times). They provide a stunning visual counterpoint to Wagner’s unfolding drama of fatal attraction and forbidden love.
With the intense longing of the opening orchestral prelude all the way through to Isolde’s final aria, the artfully orgasmic “Liebestod,” Wagner charts new operatic territory that changed the course of music history. Tristan und Isolde features two artists in the title roles, John Treleaven and Linda Watson, who will return in future seasons as Siegfried and Brünnhilde in the Company’s first presentation of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle.