15 July 2015

Tristan und Isolde

Opening today, Wednesday, July 15 at 1:30 pm slt, is Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde) by Giovanna Cerise, with an introduction by Francesco Bonetto, at ItalianVerse. Inspired by Richard Wagner's opera of the same name, written between 1857 and 1859 and premiered in 1865, the installation is an imposing set or stage of sorts — one can well imagine a production of the work being staged in the very space.

The space, in deep blue, black and white, is ethereal and beautifully fits the mood of the opera. Visitors will want to turn off the local stream, which has nothing to do with Wagner, and instead rely on the boxes with musical notes set out in the space, which play various leitmotifs (or musical material associated with characters or symbols in the opera). Giovanna also provides links to several external music excerpts.

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