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20 Jan 2008

L.A. Opera presents a 'Tristan' of this world

http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/tristan-opera-music-1962845-conlon-los

LAOpera_Tristan.png(Photo by Ken Howard courtesy of LA Opera)
By TIMOTHY MANGAN [Orange County Register, 20 January 2008]

The way "Tristan and Isolde" is written and talked about, you're surprised that it's done at all. Wagner's 1859 epic isn't just any opera, it's a holy monument of music, an untouchable masterpiece. It single-handedly (apparently) started the harmonic revolution that resulted with the end of tonality. Its two lead roles require superhumans with lungs of steel.

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