A centuries-old tale of star-crossed love is set to take to the stage of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center this weekend.
“Tristan und Isolde” – the story of a 12th century princess who finds love under less than favorable circumstances – will air via satellite at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.
Richard Wagner’s opera of the story finds Tristan sailing Princess Isolde to Cornwall, where she is to marry Tristan’s uncle, King Marke, according to a news release from the Performing Arts Center.
Michael Grady, marketing and communications specialist at Yavapai College, noted that the production tells the story using “lots of operatic devices,” such as spies and poisons.
“Power plays, suppressed desires, love potions, and betrayals all figure into a wedding that does not go as planned,” the new release adds.
Noting that the opera is a production of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD,” Grady says, “The images on it are beautiful.”
The broadcast features international star Nina Stemme singing Isolde, and Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton singing Tristan.
The story “has a Romeo and Juliet quality,” Grady says. “It is the whole star-crossed lover thing, with two people falling in love at the absolutely worst time.”
Wagner composed the opera, or music drama, in the mid-1800s, and the story has been told many times since then, Grady said. A 2006 movie version of the story starred James Franco and Sophia Myles.
The Metropolitan Opera’s version of “Tristan und Isolde” is one of 22 total satellite shows at the Performing Arts Center, Grady said. “Ten of those are from the Metropolitan Opera,” he said.
For viewers, the satellite productions offer a number of advantages, Grady said. “There is a feeling of immediacy, of being there,” he said. “There’s a raw quality.”
Also, because the broadcast takes place in the Performing Arts Center, Grady said, “You have really good seats.”
The production will take place at 9 a.m., because it will air live, Grady said, adding that the broadcast would last for about four hours.
Tickets are $24 for adults; $20 for seniors, and $12 for youth. Information is available by calling the YCPAC Box Office at 928-776-2000, or by visiting http://www.ycpac.com.