LA Opera Presents Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
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LA Opera brings Gaetano Donizetti's tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor back to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. Loosely based on Sir Walter Scott's historical novel, Lucia concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton, who's caught in a vicious feud between families. The setting is the hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century. Donizetti wrote Lucia in 1835 -- a time when Europeans were highly interested in the history and culture of Scotland, having romanticized its violent wars and feuds, and its folklore and mythology. This production is sung in Italian, with English supertitles. Learn More
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Although this is supposed to be a great love story, this particular opera of Tristan and Isolde was very boring because the music was not melodic at all. There were no arias (melodic song pieces), just "speaking"-type of singing, not beautiful melodies like in other operas.
The singers were of average quality, and Tristan's voice was way below average and he did not sing, look, nor act the part of romantic hero.
And most of the scenes were only 1 person singing at a time (equivalent to a 30 minute monologue) with no harmony, versus more multiple characters singing and interacting together with a lot of harmonies in the songs.
All of this contributed to it being painfully boring and drawn-out, and the 4.5 hours performance unbearable. If the music and singing qualities were better, I would've even loved 6 hours !
<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>