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Tristan requires the highest quality of ensemble playing from the orchestra and Music Director James Conlon brought out the magnificent romantic sweep of Wagner's score. Los Angeles Opera has a very fine orchestra and with a great conductor at the helm, this performance was off to an excellent start with its unique chromatic overture.

A scene from Act I of 'Tristan'. Photo © 2008 Ken Howard
A scene from Act I of 'Tristan'. Photo © 2008 Ken Howard

John Treleaven, who sang the title role, was actually born in Cornwall, where some of the action takes place. He has interpreted this part in many major opera houses and he knows how to pace himself in order to sound as fresh as possible, even at the very end. He was a strong, virile, romantic Tristan who feared no enemy and sang with burnished tones.

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