Artistic Director Otaka Tadaaki (2010/2011 season) is particularly fond of the late German romantics. This opera, from Wagner's mature period, is hailed as his greatest work. In opera, the singers often express the joys and tragedies of love in its many forms, but few works portray such consuming love and anguish. In Tristan und Isolde, one can feel the power of Wagner in one's whole body. Conductor Kazushi Ono makes his return to the NNTT after a 12 year absence, and he lead possibly the finest cast of Wagnerian singers available today. Popular Scottish director David McVicar will make his first appearance at the NNTT. His production, stylish and at times shocking, brings out something new and exciting in the works he takes on.