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From left: the conductor Andris Nelsons, Camilla Nylund and Jonas Kaufmann, who are collaborating on Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” in Boston, April 4, 2018. The love duet at the heart of “Tristan” makes little sense — ecstasy is conveyed through made-up, often bafflingly long words — for 40 minutes. And yet it is one of the most adored duets in opera. (M. Scott Brauer/The New York Times)

From left: the conductor Andris Nelsons, Camilla Nylund and Jonas Kaufmann, who are collaborating on Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” in Boston, April 4, 2018. The love duet at the heart of “Tristan” makes little sense — ecstasy is conveyed through made-up, often bafflingly long words — for 40 minutes. And yet it is one of the most adored duets in opera. (M. Scott Brauer/The New York Times)