Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld and his wife Malwina were Wagner's original Tristan and Isolde in 1865. Joseph Albert/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Hear William Berger Discuss 'Tristan und Isolde'
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The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle. Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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William Berger on 'Parsifal'
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Extreme Drama: The Life And Music Of Richard Wagner
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Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes'
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