Music: Triple Tristan

In all the world there are probably only 15 tenors capable of stepping stage center in the second act of Tristan und Isolde and belting out "Seine eitle Pracht, seinen prahlenden Schein verlacht, wem die Nacht den Blick geweig't." Three of the 15 sing at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera, a house that rightly prides itself on the size of its singing lineup. But last week, on the eve of a performance of Tristan starring new Soprano Birgit Nilsson (TIME. Dec. 28), the Met's three Heldentenore suddenly found themselves out of voice, the victims of...

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