6 / 39 Stuart Skelton as Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.
Episode 139: Tristan, Isolde, und Trump’s California Roots

Relevant Reading:

Opera Americana
Nicholas M. Gallagher

How the Golden State Became the Intellectual Capital of Trump’s GOP
Jason Willick & James Hitchcock

Good evening, listeners! On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous speaks with Nicholas Gallagher about the Met’s new, modern Tristan und Isolde before discussing the Californian origins of Trump’s supporters with Jason Willick.

First, TAI staff writer Jason Willick speaks with Richard Aldous about how California, of all places, came to be the “intellectual capital of Trump’s GOP.”

Then, TAI contributing writer and opera critic Nicholas Gallagher discusses his experience at the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night of Tristan und Isolde, putting the performance in a historical context while making the case that America, because of the crises Europe is dealing with these days, may be in a position where it needs to step up and take greater ownership of Western civilization.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (and don’t forget to leave a review). Follow Nicholas Gallagher @ngallagherAI, Jason Willick @jawillick, and Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter.

Published on: October 18, 2016
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