Wagner's opera in 3 acts is set in legendary Brittany and Cornwall, with a tragic love story that revolves around the themes of love, night, and death. Isolde is being brought from Ireland ... See full summary »
I see that no one has commented on this filmed performance of Tristan & Isolde in Paris 1973, so I thought that I could write something.
I bought the DVD release of this performance not long ago, and it was quite an experience. The picture quality wasn't too good and so was the camera work. But Jon Vickers and Birgit Nilsson were so good in the their roles, it didn't matter about the picture. The sound too wasn't good, which was an annoyance. The whole performance, especially Vickers' act 3 performance, was exceptional. All were good, with a possible exception of Ruth Hesse as Brangane. Her tone wasn't too good several times and nothing compared to the best of era, Christa Ludwig. But she acted very well, so it was a very rewarding experience.
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