Spoiler alert: The lovers die, but not before singing a whole bunch. Other people die too. Also singing. And thus we arrive at the moral of Tristan and Isolde: Singing will kill you. Listening to singing, though, is probably safe, so live dangerously and check out the Richard Wagner opera being staged by the Dallas Opera for the first time in 40 years. (Of course, with Wagner it takes a good 15 years or so just to wrap up one performance, so four decades is a pretty quick turnaround.) Graeme Jenkins conducts and Christian Räth directs the story of a loyal knight and Irish princes whose inadvertent sip of a magic love potion — they thought it was poison, this is opera — leads to the betrayal of a king, more betrayal and more plots and death than Forest Lawn. Plus singing. Tenor Clifton Forbis is Tristan. Soprano Jeanne-Michle Charbonnet is Isolde. Performances open at 7 p.m. Thursday. Sunday’s show is at 2 p.m. and the final two performances are 7 p.m. February 22 and 23 at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Single tickets start at $25.
Thu., Feb. 16, 7 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 22, 7 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., 2012