Graham Vick’s 2011 take on “Tristan” is a static, unfocused, and ridiculous production, where the action was confined to the living room of a modest suburban house. The logic behind characters’ actions is difficult to penetrate. Tristan sits despondently on a sofa for most of Act I. Kurwenal enters wearing an apron. Melot awkwardly rearranges furniture in Act II and is eventually killed coming out of the kitchen. Most perplexingly though, towards the end of the anguished final act, Tristan, now an old man, wanders offstage before Isolde reaches him. The naked bodies that appear periodically just add to the general confusion.
MAY 2014: 14., 18., 25.