Initially this weekend's Met Live HD broadcast of Tristan and Isolde looked interesting because we don't get much Wagner live (or pseudo-live) here in the heartland and it offered the endurance test of a five-hour-and-35 minute running time.
But a check of the headlines tells us this could be an intriguing show just to see what happens.
Tuesday night, lead tenor Gary Lehman slipped off a bed-like surface, which he was lying on, into the prompter's box -- methinks this could be the dastardly work of silk sheets. Lehman was actually Tristan No. 3. Tristan No. 1 Ben Heppner, fell ill before opening night. He was replaced by his cover, John Mac Master, whose performance was widely panned. Lehman actually finished Tuesday's performance, but Saturday, we will see the Met debut of Robert Dean Smith, Tristan No. 4.
And don't think darling Isolde has gotten off unscathed. Last Friday, Deborah Voigt came down with a monster stomach bug and had to be replaced mid-performance.
So, with all this just going on in the friendly confines of Lincoln Center, who knows what we may have in store when we get to see the show nationwide. Click here for local showtimes.