The Mythic Mystery

Part of The Tristan Mysteries on WNYC

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Love it or hate it (and there are plenty of people on both sides), Wagner's Tristan und Isolde has generated heat since bursting onto the stage in 1865. In this installment of The Tristan Mysteries, Amy O'Leary gives us an introductory overview of Wagner's opera—and examines the mythic side of Tristan's timeless story. We also assemble a roundtable of opera enthusiasts in the studio to duke it out over which recording of Tristan is the best.

Contributors to The Mythic Mystery include:

Executive Producer, The Tristan Mysteries: Limor Tomer
Producer/Host, The Mythic Mystery: Amy O'Leary
Producer/Host, Tristan Fanatics Roundtable: George Preston
Web Producer, The Tristan Mysteries: Brad Cresswell

The Tristan Mysteries is supported, in part, by a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Mythic Mystery

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Many thought it was an indecent subject with corrosive music; others found it rocking their bodies, shaking their nerves, and keeping them up all night, crying, and standing "in wonder and terror." In this episode of The Tristan Mysteries, we examine the mythic power of Richard Wagner's ...

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Tristan Fanatics Roundtable

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WNYC Music Director George Preston hosts an informal chat about Tristan und Isolde's extensive discography with director Robin Guarino, tenor Brad Cresswell, and Tristan Mysteries producer Amy O'Leary.

Join the ongoing discussion by telling us what recording of Tristan turns you on the most—and why—by clicking on ...

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Tristan Fanatics Roundtable, Part Two

Listen on demand to the second part of our Tristan Fanatics Roundtable, hosted by WNYC's George Preston.


Web Exclusive: Perry Lorenzo

Listen to an extended version of our interview with Perry Lorenzo, Education Director for the Seattle Opera. Part of The Tristan Mysteries on WNYC.

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