Bill Viola


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Love/Death - The Tristan Project

Edited by Kira Perov and Peter Sellars, Mark Swed, Gérard Mortier, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kira Perov, Bill Viola

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In 2004, the opera scene was taken by storm by the ground-breaking production of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde in Los Angeles.

This book offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the visionary American artist Bill Viola created four hours of video as a visual complement to this profound psychological drama. It also tells the story of its commissioning by the then Paris Opera director Gerard Mortier, who pushed the boundaries of what opera could be by inviting a trinity of California-based creatives to re-imagine a Tristan und Isolde for our times. Having just opened the now iconic Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, this was a bold project for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to take on, but it was one which catapulted them into the world of music and breath-taking visuals. The fully staged opera that resulted has been seen in Paris, Toronto, Madrid, Tokyo, Kobe, and concert versions in LA, New York, Rotterdam, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, and St Petersburg, and the revolutionary four-hour video and visuals created by Bill Viola to accompany this opera lives on through this beautifully illustrated book.

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Bill Viola (b.1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists.
Kira Perov is executive director of Bill Viola Studio.
Peter Sellars has staged operas at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Netherlands Opera, The Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, the San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, among others, establishing a reputation for bringing 20th century and contemporary operas to the stage.
Esa-Pekka Salonen is currently in his first season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony.
Mark Swed has been the classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times since 1996.

ISBN: 9780300270174
Publication Date: June 27, 2023
Publishing Partner: Distributed for Mercatorfonds
128 pages, x
75 color illus.

Sales Restrictions: World except Benelux
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