'Tristan and Isolde' in Puerto Rico,
appreciated by MARIA NOCKIN
On 20 November 2004, Teatro de la Opera presented Tristan und Isolde at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A Ferré in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was the first time that an opera by Richard Wagner had been given there, and the island's opera company took a great deal of care to see that it did justice to this beloved masterpiece.
A scene from Act I of the Teatro de la Opera production of 'Tristan and Isolde'. Photo © 2004 Jorge Colón
The traditional production by stage director, Jehan-François Boucher, featured outstandingly beautiful, well constructed scenery by Nemesio Canchani and effective lighting by Steve O'Shea. Gloria Sáez's attractive costumes for the solo singers were designed to flatter the figure, with flowing velvet for the nobility and homespun for the commoners. Wayne Thomas Seitz dressed the men of the chorus in authentic looking garb that fit their various professions.
The end of Act II of 'Tristan and Isolde', with Rupert Bergmann (Kurwenal), sitting, and Antonio Barasorda (Tristan), lying on the ground. Photo © 2004 Jorge Colón
Copyright © 12 December 2004
Maria Nockin, Arizona USA