What do A. C. Douglas and Savanna Samson have in common? A love of Wagner, of course!
Ms. Samson is interviewed as part of WNYC radio's multimedia "Tristan Mysteries" project, a web and radio enterprise timed (it runs from 28 April to 5 May) to coincide with the Lincoln Center presentation of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing the Peter Sellars/Bill Viola/Esa-Pekka Salonen Tristan Project.
(Alex Ross vividly reviewed a Paris performance here.)
"Tristan Mysteries" includes an interview with composer/writer Danny Felsenfeld, among others. An overview can be found here.
Tristan und Isolde was the first opera I ever saw. It was at the Met in January 1975, with Erich Leinsdorf conducting. I had studied the "Prelude and Liebestod" in school, but had not heard the rest of the opera. It was an overwelming experience, and perhaps the fastest five hours of my life.