A Suitably Dramatic Backdrop for Doomed Love in Second Life

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

Opera, particularly Wagnerian opera, is big in scale, in storyline, in voices, and in drama. Creating an environment which suits this type of production is difficult given the relatively small spaces which host them.

Second Life has a number of advantages in this regard, and Giovanna Cerise has provided us with a wonderful example.

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

The story of Tristan & Isolde (or Iseult) has inspired many creative types. Using the version composed by Richard Wagner, Giovanna has built a space within which the full power of the work could reside without overwhelming the backdrop.  (note that Wagner never referred to this work as an opera, preferring other terms – most of history has ignored this artistic caprice)

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

Although there are no performers occupying this stage, you can click on musical notes placed strategically around the build (make sure you turn off streamed music).

I’m not sure why doomed love stories are so popular in various creative works. A psychologist could probably explain that. He or she could also probably explain why your inner diva or divo surfaces as you explore this gorgeous set. Personally, I only indulged in one dramatic swoon. :)

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)
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