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Notes from the arts world

By prospect   April 2005

Bill Viola’s Paris video of “Tristan und Isolde” Might this be a defining artistic collaboration of the year? Or the next decade? The squad of theatrical innovators marching off with Wagner’s tragedy includes director Peter Sellars, Los Angeles Philharmonic musical director Eda Pekka Salonen, the new artistic director of the Paris Opera, Gerard Mortier, and the video artist Bill Viola. When, at the end of last year, Sellars launched the opera in workshop form with the LA Philharmonic, LA Times critic Mark Swed remarked: “If the ‘Tristan Project’ is not the greatest moment in the orchestra’s history, I can’t imagine…

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