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BE­FORE THE love story of Romeo and Juliet, there was Tris­tan und Isolde.

Last Satur­day, the Metropoli­tan Opera opened its sea­son with a bang, and Palace Amuse­ment fa­cil­i­tated a live feed at Carib 5 in Cross Roads for lo­cal opera lovers and new­com­ers to be a part of the event. THE GLEANER, FRI­DAY, OC­TO­BER 14, 2016

The au­di­ence in the cinema watched in amaze­ment as they were placed in the heart of the me­dieval ro­mance.

Tris­tan und Isolde is a clas­sic tale with a con­tem­po­rary twist about a man and wo­man, who, by cir­cum­stances be­yond their con­trol, fall in love but are un­able to be to­gether.

The three-act opera by Richard Wag­ner ex­plores themes of love, witch­craft, duty, no­bil­ity, fam­ily, war, in­san­ity and death.

The fist act takes place aboard a ship where we meet Tris­tan und Isolde first as star-struck strangers, later spell­bound lovers, who bat­tle to ex­press their love for each other.

Isolde, the fu­ri­ous Ir­ish queen, had her pre­vi­ous lover killed by Tris­tan who later stole her heart, only to ship her off to Corn­wall to marry his un­cle King Marke. While Tris­tan seems con­tent with the ar­range­ment, he is caught be­tween his duty to his coun­try and fam­ily, and his heart.

Isolde, un­able to live with­out her se­cond love, con­spires to end their lives. But they were in­stead given a love po­tion by her maid, Bran­gane. From then on­wards, the two were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

At night­fall, Isolde and her maid meet Tris­tan as the two sneak off into the dark­ness of night, full of prom­ise of love and hap­pi­ness, dread­ing the mun­dane and cruel day­time that they spent apart. In this scene, they con­spire to break free of their lives apart by end­ing them to­gether.

Their time to­gether, short but sweet, is in­ter­rupted by King Marke. Tris­tan is shot dur­ing a heated bat­tle with King Marke’s men and ad­mit­ted to a hide­away hos­pi­tal, where he goes in­sane wait­ing for his love. When she doesn’t show up, he rips off his ban­dages and bleeds to death. A heart­bro­ken Isolde, in­con­solable over his death, at­tempts to take her own life to join her love in the af­ter­life.

In the fi­nal act we see King Marke at the hos­pi­tal, Bran­gane in tow, giv­ing them per­mis­sion to be to­gether. The opera ends with the two love­birds side by side.

Al­though thrilling in its Dressed for the oc­ca­sion are lady in red Kameika Lewis (left) and Coleen Brown Jack­son. Britta Hay (left) and An­drea brown showed up for Satur­day’s Met Opera.

de­liv­ery, set against the back­drop of beau­ti­ful orches­tra, the opera lasted all of five hours! That would knock the wind out of any first-timer. Added bonus: we were taken be­hind the scenes and saw in­ter­views with the cast and

orches­tra. All in all, the opera was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. The opera sea­son runs un­til the mid­dle of 2017, so check out Palace Amuse­ment for more in­for­ma­tion.

Arthur Bogues is sand­wiched by the beau­ti­ful Me­lanie Gra­ham (left) and Kame­sha Cooke.

DARIEN ROBERT­SON/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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