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The Tristan Project

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Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
10 Lincoln Center Plz., New York, NY 10023 40.771541 -73.983431
nr. 65th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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Kira Perov





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I doubt that many Tristan connoisseurs will buy into Viola’s cinematic interpretation of the opera’s interior world—seeing his accompanying film once was enough for me. I’m not suggesting that he should’ve gone in the direction of soft porn. But surely something more erotic was needed than a rather mopey middle-aged couple with bad muscle tone stripping ­naked and undergoing a lot of tiresome fire-and-water purification rituals before attaining that ultimate Wag­ner­ian ecstasy of höchste Lust. The usual well-­upholstered operatic lovers onstage present a sufficient visual challenge without adding to the problem. Viola’s imagery and symbols are not difficult to interpret, but when experiencing Tristan und Isolde in the flesh, the last thing one wants to do is sit and solve intellectual puzzles, especially easy ones that have so little intrinsic beauty of their own. The singers mostly stood and delivered a concert reading of the opera. What staging there was amounted to a few characters placed in the side balconies of Fisher Hall.

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