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Tristan & Isolde

2012TristanAndIsolde_1550-hTomorrow, Sunday, (and repeated on 3rd and 6th), the 3-act opera Tristan & Isolde will be performed in Dublin for the first time in 50 years. This is all the more surprising given the piece’s Irish connections. Tristan and Isolde is based on the medieval Irish myth of Tristan and Iseult. Wagner based his opera on a 13th century version of the story. This will also be the first time Isolde has been played by an Irish singer, Miriam Murphy, in the role of Isolde. Indeed, of the nine principals, six are Irish, as are also the chorus, technical staff and orchestra.

Since the show takes 5 hours (with 2 intervals) a special picnic basket is available - it includes a bottle of house wine, a selection of closed sandwiches, farmhouse cheeses, crackers, crusty rustic sourdough breads, home-made salads, cold meats and individual delicious desserts!

Although I find opera in general a bit heavy I would like to be able to be there because of the Irish connection. Maybe some other time.


There are some lovely moments in Tristan and Isolde but in general, German opera isn't my cup of tea. And it's entirely too long to hold most people's interest.
Yes, I agree.