The Sexual Mystery

Thursday, May 03, 2007

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In this episode of The Tristan Mysteries, we investigate multiple instances where Tristan und Isolde has elicited more than just applause—and discover why Tristan may well have been the world's first pornographic opera.

Comments [10]

Kenneth Bennett Lane from

The sexiest singing needs the underpining of a thrilling timbre that vibrates with emotion, with a sense of urgency and an apparent mission.

The words, as well as the music, must leap forward with a melos-like inevitability,

Nominations for sexy singers: Pinza, Roswaenge, Gigli, Melchior, Caruso, Ruffo.

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor

May. 03 2007 10:50 PM
Richard from New Jersey

Wasn't this week supposed to be about Tristan? Seems like you ran out of material pretty fast.

May. 03 2007 09:36 PM
Michele from NYC

Thank you! I saw him in Iphegenie en Tauride at Glimmerglass Opera with William Burdette maybe 10 years ago... sigh tied up back to back & shirtless (Francesca Zambello directed.)

May. 03 2007 09:24 PM
Laurence from brooklyn

Also please play the most passionate aria of the all: Nessun dorma. You choose the singer. And strangely I always wanted to hear a woman sing this!


May. 03 2007 09:05 PM
Laurence from brooklyn

Now porn is mainstream, but for most opera is weird!!

May. 03 2007 09:01 PM
Michele from NYC

I can't believe they've spent this long talking about sexy and opera without mentioning Nathan Gunn!

May. 03 2007 08:57 PM
Richard from New Jersey

So porn stars can't have valid opinions of opera? Why not? Anyway, I agree with Mr. Preston that the Vickers recording is very sexy. I find the sexiest part in the Liebesnacht to come when neither Tristan nor Isolde are singing but, during Brangaene's warning; unfortunately, not in this recording where she sounds distorted. There is an excerpt recording with Melchior and Flagstad with Coates conducting and while the uncredited Brangaene sings pianissimo, one can feel the physical sexuality of the music!

May. 03 2007 08:11 PM
Irwin Schnei9derman from 203 E 72 St NY

Great program and series. There are two opera companies in New York

May. 03 2007 08:03 PM
ydg from brooklyn've reached a new low on your broadcasting with the presentation of a porn star...couldn't you guys think of anyone else that to speak about sex in tristan...

May. 03 2007 07:30 PM
Paul from NY

Things haven't been this boring since Bolero was used in "10". Pullleeeez!

May. 03 2007 04:38 PM

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