Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera

Last night I went to see the opening of Daniel Barenboim’s production of Richard Wagner‘s Tristan und Isolde (itself an interpretation of Shakespeare) at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera was five hours, and well, what can i say…It’s a love story, which is more about loss than anything else. Wagner said before writing it, that he had never truly experienced love. Interesting. Maybe that’s why the love depicted is so tragic. Tragic love and tragic death. When the third and final act ends, Isolde is surrounded by Tristan and his two best friends, dead. Perhaps the type of love that Wagner most understood was homeogenic love, as Carpenter called it, better known as homosexuality. Shoot me for saying this, but why didn’t Isolde follow Tristan to death as she promised she would. It ends with her dying, apparently from grief, but not a sword to the chest like Tristan’s two best mates took. I digress…the point is, even if we assume the premise and believe that the man and woman were the only true lovers on set, why should love destroy us? I believe that desperation is not synonymous with passion and strive to see love instead as a sustainable site of healing. love many, love one, love for living, not as a form of torture!

2 Responses to “Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera”

  1. Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (itself an interpretation of Shakespeare’s play)

    You ARE kidding I hope?

  2. thebrooklynsocialite Says:

    Hey Dan, not so much. Aside from inspiration gleaned from Schopenhauer and Wagner’s personal life, surely a connection can be drawn between Tristan und Isolde and Romeo and Julliet. Thanks for the comment!

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