Tristan und Isolde is an immense operatic poem, a song of love and death inspired by the medieval legend of Tristan and Iseult and the passion that Richard Wagner nurtured for Mathilde, the wife of his rich Zurich patron, Otto Wesendonck.
In the wake of Rigoletto, Verdi’s one aspiration was to do something new. Yet despite his eagerness, the project of adapting the Spanish playwright Antonio Garcia Gutiérrez’s El Trovado, a play with a rocambolesque plot set in medieval Spain and featuring troubadours along with a gypsy’s curse, inspired his librettist, Salvatore Cammarano, with only mild enthusiasm.
When Benjamin Britten produced his first opera, Peter Grimes, for the reopening of Sadler’s Wells in London in 1945, its success was both immediate and resounding.
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