Staging Wagner's 'Tristan and Isolde'

"Staging Wagner’s 'Tristan und Isolde' is a notoriously treacherous proposition," begins Matthew Gurewitsch, as he examines many different versions of the story which have appeared on stage.

Gurewitsch explains, "A man and a woman are seized by a forbidden passion, are discovered and pay with their lives. That’s it — for three long acts, running four hours, give or take."