Tristan und Isolde was fantastic. The music was every bit as spectacular as I knew it would be and expected it to be, but what blew me off even more was the drama. I really didn't know Wagner was such a good dramatist. He's very careful in not portraying his characters as mere caricatures, but giving them all the deserved attention and crafting them with meticulous care. I would like to write more, but right now I'm quite speechless
All in all, an extremely rewarding experience. I went with a pure audio version this time, which seems to be a very good way to explore opera - at least so it was on this particular occasion, where most of the development takes place on a philosophical and emotional level.