( Sun., Nov. 9, 2014 )
Performed by NC Opera Orchestra; Heidi Melton; Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Bishop; Richard Wiegold
Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601-2337
Prelude and Act II of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde: Passion warps reality. Wagner had to invent a whole new tonality to express the romantic power between Tristan and Isolde. She nurtures him back to health before realizing that he killed her lover. To mourn and atone, they intend to drink a death potion but quaff a love potion instead. Their tragic ecstasy posits love as the greatest force, transcending life and death.