This Week on SundayArts: Tristan und Isolde, Alvin Ailey at BAM and More

Classic Arts Features   This Week on SundayArts: Tristan und Isolde, Alvin Ailey at BAM and More
This week's edition of SundayArts - the weekly series on New York's public television station Thirteen (WNET) - will feature the Metropolitan Opera's production of Tristan und Isolde conducted by James Levine.

Airing Sunday, June 1 at 12 noon, the half-hour news program leads into a 12:30 broadcast of the Met's recent production of Wagner's three-act music-drama telling the story of the proud Irish princess Isolde (soprano Deborah Voight) and the overwhelming passion she shares with the knight Tristan (tenor Robert Dean Smith).

The lead SundayArts News segment will report from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, where Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008 celebrates three centuries of design through July 6. SundayArts News segments also highlight Roundabout Theater's Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at BAM, and the Museum Mile Festival along Fifth Avenue.

On this week's SundayArts Profile, audiences will meet Tony-nominated architecht/designer David Rockwell, whose Broadway designs include Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show and the upcoming musical Houdini. Finally, SundayArts Choice zeroes in on Take Your Time, an exhibit of complex optical installations by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson at MoMA.

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SundayArts is Thirteen/WNET's on-air/online series through which arts enthusiasts everywhere can access the Big Apple's cultural best. New York's public television station has long partnered with the city's most celebrated cultural institutions, capturing and broadcasting their work on PBS.

Every Sunday at noon on Thirteen, SundayArts wraps insightful interviews, on-location features, profiles, and introductions around a showcased presentation. SundayArts News segments cover current cultural highlights while Curator's Choice briefs offer first-hand, insider reviews of highlights from shows and events around town. Profiles of cultural figures reflect the eclectic New York arts scene.

For those outside of Thirteen's tri-state viewing area, makes New York's cultural bounty accessible anytime, from anywhere. The video-rich new site features the latest arts news, interviews, and previews of SundayArts broadcasts. Contributing bloggers Elizabeth Vincentelli (Time Out New York), Adam Wasserman (Opera News) and cultural journalist Jennifer Melick add knowledgeable, lively dialogue to the site. Users are encouraged to email questions and comments to the host, artists and organizations.

Funding for SundayArts has been provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by The Lemberg Foundation.


Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, NOW With David Brancaccio, Expos_, Bill Moyers Journal, and Cyberchase to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as New York Voices, Reel 13 and SundayArts.

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