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How Did I Survive ‘Tristan and Isolde’ and What had I Learned from It

Tristan and Isolde. “I know of some, and have heard of many, who could not sleep after it, but cried the night away.” Mark Twain, after watching the performance. He couldn’t be accused of being an overly sentimental person. French composer Emmanuel Chabrier heard it in Munich in 1880 and broke down during the prelude, sobbing uncontrollably. …

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The Opera

An opera begins long before curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. Maria Callas The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but also the most difficult to play. Richard Strauss   While in my music school in Poland our teachers provided us with free tickets to symphony and opera. …

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