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 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 […]
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, […]
It is a source of unspeakable pleasure for me to learn new things just about every time I attend a Wagner performance. This is especially true where, as is the case with Carmen Jakobi’s production in Longborough, the action of the play is presented so uncluttered and so unencumbered, and the artists’ mission is understood […]
I was privileged to nab a ticket to the third of four scheduled performances of Tristan und Isolde at the Longborough Festival Opera on June 18. It was delightful in every way. There is a way of going about this, and thanks to my English companion I was taught it as I went along. The […]