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The Met Opera’s 'Tristan Und Isolde' Will Broadcast Live in Times Square

By Maya Rajamani | September 3, 2016 9:51am | Updated on September 6, 2016 8:44am
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A still from "Tantris (Young Tristan)," which is airing on Times Square billboards each night in September.
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Courtesy of Times Square Arts

TIMES SQUARE — Opera lovers who can’t make it to Lincoln Center can catch the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night in Times Square.

Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" will broadcast live at the Crossroads of the World on Sept. 26 as part of this month’s Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts and the Times Square Advertising Coalition said in a release.

This year’s viewing will mark the 11th year the opera’s opening night has streamed in Times Square, the release said.

On each night in September, meanwhile, passersby can catch a “prologue” to Tristan and Isolde’s romance — created by artists Elizabeth Peyton and Kristian Emdal — on the area's electronic billboards each night in September, from 11:57 p.m. to midnight, the release said.

The short film, called “Tantris (Young Tristan)," is “a dreamlike exploration of Tristan’s young life before he took Princess Isolde of Ireland to Cornwall to marry his uncle… and became a part of the epic love story that has been told and retold for centuries,” the release said.

Live-action footage inspired by a 13th-century adaptation of the legend is interspersed with Peyton’s artwork and video clips in the film, according to the release.

“For 11 years, we’ve been working with the Met Opera to bring live screenings of their operas to Times Square, and each year we expand our ambitions for the public’s experience,” read a statement from Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins.

“This year, Midnight Moment celebrates medieval tales, the sublime German romanticism and contemporary artistry of the world’s leading technology platforms,” he added.