Parlando: The COC Blog

1/11/2013

Tristan und Isolde – Bill Viola's Vision

American video artist Bill Viola is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading new media artists. His works have been exhibited throughout the world in museums including the National Gallery in London, the Berlin Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. During the course of his career, he has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art and has taught at the California Institute for the Arts and the Getty Research Institute. Learn more about Bill Viola here.

The video imagery Bill Viola created for this production of Tristan und Isolde provides literal, metaphorical and spiritual complements to the tragic love between Tristan the knight and his beloved princess, Isolde.

In the video below, Heidi McKenzie interviews Bill Viola about the inspiration behind the video imagery he created for Tristan und Isolde. Listen as Viola reveals the influence of Eastern culture in his art (an interest he shares with Richard Wagner!) and more.

Photo of Bill Viola by Kira Perov.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001