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Tristan Project Night 2, or Why I Love Peter Sellars

April 14, 2007

The following is an excerpt from Peter Sellars synopsis of Act II of Tristan und Isolde taken from the program notes distributed during the LA Philharmonic’s current run of The Tristan Project.

Tristan und Isolde, Act II
Photo:Kira Perov/Bill Viola

The day breaks. Melot takes the direct path to political power, denouncing forbidden love with great moral indignation and calling for maximum penalties to be imposed on vulnerable people. King Mark knows this path offers neither restitution nor justice. As he pours out his heart we realize that the King is just a man, that he was Tristan’s first lover, and that the “love that dare not speak its name” is as strong as any other love. He is infinitely tender with the man who betrayed him. He is in hell. He hopes one day to know why.

Oh, yes he did. And he did it in a floral-patterned top. More later.

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