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11/27/2008

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TJW

I love the shadowy image of TGR in the Tristan und Isolde poster. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Gay Recluse

Wow, thanks TJW -- I didn't even notice that!! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

James van Maanen

Whew! I am not by any stretch of the imagination an opera fan (never acquired the taste, so now, when I go -- very, very seldom -- it is always a chore). But your words have almost convinced me to try again....

Laurie

Oh my......TGR....wish I had been there....you write about it so well I almost feel I had....much love to you and the whole editorial staff!

The Gay Recluse

Thanks JMV -- might be worth a shot! -- Tristan can be a challenge for the uninitiated, but in this case you can sort of imagine it as the equivalent of watching Godard and Truffaut bring something to life...which alone is kind of exhilarating.

The Gay Recluse

Thanks, Laurie -- I can confirm that as always, you were missed! xoxo TGR

francis s.

Yes, you make me blue and grey and watery with envy. (Stockholm doesn't have quite the quality of the Met, but we do have Ann-Sofie von Otter and Peter Mattei. And tickets are a fraction of the price that they are in the States, so it's affordable to go to the opera, which has turned me into a fan.)

The Gay Recluse

Hey Francis -- yes, it's amazing to consider what The Met has (and does), particularly given that state funding of the arts (as you know) is relatively non-existent here...but the next few years are going to be very tough...

Ricky

I saw "Tristan und Isolde" last year at the Met, and it was one of the best theatrical experiences of my life. I am attending two performances this year, and taking a lot of friends with me. Some things are so good, you just have to share. I just hope my friends get it...

The Gay Recluse

That's a great story, Ricky -- I bet you're going to love it even more this year! As for your friends, Tristan can be a lot for a "newbie" but let's hope they can get a sense of the magic!

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