- Production emotionally very dark, which can mostly be justified. Yes, trapped in a maze of sorts for Act I worked very well.
- Act III staging of Tristan's sick-bed hallucinations was ghostly, beautiful, and effective. Excellent use of a scrim, too.
- Kinda dubious about the Act II torture chamber.
- Portraying Marke as an evil torturer is contra everything in the libretto and score, though K. Wagner mostly made it work.
- My traveling companion thought Tristan had died and then been resurrected by the attention of his friends (Kurwenal, the Shepherd, and a third unidentified character), but what I saw was exactly the kind of thing you see in every other production of the opera.
- Stephen Gould's Tristan mostly beautiful sung, with some odd stabbing at the notes in Act I.
- See previous long post about Herlitzius's Isolde.
- Georg Zeppenfeld!! That was a gorgeously sung Marke, and what a voice. (He has appeared in SF once, as Sarastro in the production we saw between Hockney and Kuneko.)
- Christa Mayer an excellent Brangane, well sung and acted.
- Towering work from Christian Thielemann. Astonishing, yet unmannered and natural, control over every musical element.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Tristan und Isolde: Longer Version
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