- If there's one thing that people know about Richard Wagner's operas, it's that they are long! Our production of Wagner's epic love story Tristan und Isolde is five hours (including two 30-minute intermissions) and it's understandable that the length is daunting to some. Thankfully, some COC staff and fans have advice to share for Wagner newbies!
- It turns out there are three steps to surviving Tristan und Isolde.
Step #1 - Be Prepared!
"Have a good meal beforehand so that your tummy noises aren’t competing with the special Tristan “Holtztrompete!” - Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
- "Be prepared for the combination of Wagner's glorious music and the genius of Bill Viola's videography to reach into the depths of you and pull you inside out!" – John Kriter, Communications Assistant, Creative & Volunteers
- And make sure you're preparing with the right source material.
- "Whatever you do, don't watch James Franco's 2006 film Tristan and Isolde!" – Danielle D'Ornellas, Digital Marketing Assistant
Step #2 - Keep hydrated (but not TOO hydrated!)
- There is one thing that is for certain, washroom line-ups will be long! (Luckily, we have two intermissions...)
- And last but not least...
Step #3 - Let it be!
- "Tristan und Isolde is like stepping into a warm bath, but with your clothes on! Sit back, relax and immerse yourself in Wagner’s potent mix of music and message. Like a good massage, the more you let go, the better the result." – Phil Stephens, Senior Manager, Sales and Customer Service