Now that my last semester exam is over, I have more than a month of free time left at my disposition to watch as many operas as I want (with good conscience ), and the first name on my list is Richard Wagner. I'm partly familiar with his character, his impact on music etc., but now I want to actually watch his operas, and not just listen to selected overtures, arias or choruses.
I'm particularly curious about Tristan und Isolde. They have it on Met player in HD, and I can't wait to watch it, but I feel like I would get a lot more out of my first viewing if I just did a little bit of homework first, by for instance reading a book about Wagner, or maybe even more specifically, about the work itself (or philosophical works that may have inspired Wagner to write it). I came across this book as I was browsing the internet, can anybody tell me if it's a worthy buy?
Anyway, I would be happy to receive any suggestions from you!