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From the Bayreuth Festival: "Tristan und Isolde" by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). The premiere of this production in 1993 was greeted with "that mixture of enthusiastic approbation and predictable condemnation" (Wolfgang Wagner) which is the usual indicator of success in Bayreuth. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim with fire and sensitivity, the production was staged by the German dramatist Heiner Müller who died in 1995. The sets were designed by Müller's longtime associate Erich Wonder, and the costumes by Japanese couturier Yohji Yamamoto. In Müller's elegant, restrained interpretation small gestures replace sweeping displays of passion. Siegfried Jerusalem as Tristan and Waltraud Meier as Isolde have consistently drawn enthusiastic acclaim for their performances.

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