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Tristan in Leipzig

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Having completed the score of Lohengrin in April 1848, Wagner did one of the things he was best at – getting in his own way through hubris.  In May 1849, he engaged in various revolutionary activities, and by no means benign ones.  Not only does Wagner lose his post in Dresden but, having assisted in violence resulting in the deaths of several of its citizens, has to flee to avoid arrest...

Stephen Gould’s Master Class Free on YouTube

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The Wagner Society of New York recently offered a pay-for-view Masterclass conducted by renowned American heldentenor Stephen Gould.  Now that film is available for free on the Society’s channel on YouTube and it is unmissable. Perhaps his generation’s Siegfried, Gould works with three young artists (themselves of phenomenal talent and skill) to assist with the interpretation and...

Tristan Act II — Goerke, Gould, Groissböck and Gubanova

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On November 17, 2019, the National Symphony Orchestra offered a concert presentation of Tristan und Isolde Act II in a loud, enthusiastic and splendid performance at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center.  Conductor Gianandrea Noseda  led a virtuoso sprawling group of fine musicians, but with his back to the soloists and creating a sound that was unmitigated by an orchestra pit.  As a result the...

The Met’s Superbly Sung, Strangely Staged, Tristan

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The Met Opera opened its season with a new production of Tristan und Isolde Sein Vater, using Wagner’s score (if not his story) in a sumptuously, even thrillingly rendered performance. Simon Rattle was true to his name and shook both the score and the audience of preconceptions.  It felt a bit long and all the […]

Tristan and Isolde at the English National Opera

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The new production of Tristan at the English National Opera (seen June 15, 2016) is very good indeed, and I’m sure a relief to all fans of this wonderful institution.  It was in this auditorium that I first experienced the Ring under Goodall – and, ironically, this performance of Tristan was dedicated to Alberto Remedios, […]

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