Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Coming up in 2010/11: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Wagner's wild song of love and death opens Seattle Opera's upcoming season, with opening night on July 31. If you've never had occasion to hear Tristan und Isolde, get ready to have your world turned upside down. This morning, chasing responses to the abundance of opera content on the BBC these days, I found the following video of the beginning of the opera's shattering conclusion, the Liebestod, sung by Nina Stemme at a recent production at one of my favorite European opera houses, Glyndebourne:

Watch Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Act III on Plushmusic

If you're new to Wagner, the BBC recently broadcast a fascinating, hour-long program about the world's most controversial composer, hosted by the incomparable Stephen Fry. The program is still available, posted in 6 parts on YouTube beginning here:


Check back here, the next few days, to find out more about the other operas in Seattle Opera's terrific upcoming season: Lucia di Lammermoor, The Barber of Seville, Don Quixote, and The Magic Flute.

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