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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Tristan und Isolde

Listen to our quick, light-hearted overview of Richard Wagner’s monumental Tristan und Isolde, one of the pinnacles of the operatic repertoire, and one of the greatest love stories ever told, which is this week’s Houston Grand Opera broadcast, Saturday at noon here on Classical 91.7.



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This week, Classical 91.7’s program director, St.John Flynn, and opera expert, Eric Skelly, discuss Wagner’s achingly beautiful Tristan und Isolde, arguably opera’s greatest love story and, at around 4 hours, probably its longest!  Thwarted love, love potions, duty, betrayal, apotheosis…it’s all here set to lush, profound music.

You can hear Houston Grand Opera’s production of Tristan und Isolde Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at