Whether you love the 2018 Berlin Staatsoper Tristan and Isolde depends on what you think the opera is about.
Patrice Chéreau, the humanist in provocateur’s clothing, returned to Wagner in 2007 at La Scala with Daniel Barenboim and Waltraud Meier.
“Never in my life having enjoyed the true happiness of love I shall erect a memorial to this loveliest of all dreams…”
For all their orchestral and vocal attractions, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s 15 operas are rarities in the West.
Daniel Barenboim does not want to conduct Berg’s Lulu. Or so it seems.