Definitions

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  • n. An aria or duet performed in opera marking the suicide of lovers; a suicide.

Etymologies

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From German Liebestod, from Liebe ("love") + Tod ("death").

Examples

  • 1Adolf Hitler expressed the wish that, at the moment of his own annihilation, he should hear what is called the Liebestod, the love-death song of Isolde, from the third act of Tristan und Isolde.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • Despite a little pitchiness at the start of Act II and a loss of some power in the final "Liebestod" compared to my memory, she remains one of my favorites.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • *According to literary critic William Haver at SUNY Binghamton, the Hasler character through his death is "a Liebestod which is that very impossibility of subjectivity's coming to terms that is his subjectivity: his death is his identity."

    Nick Mamatas' Journal

  • The strange, beautiful love duet in Act Two was similarly wonderful, and Christine Brewer had power to spare for the "Liebestod" finale four-and-a-half hours into the evening.

    Liebestod

  • An instance more poignant still is found in the great "Liebestod" in _Tristan und Isolde_.

    Style in Singing

  • Evelyn sang "Elsa's Dream," "Elizabeth's Prayer" and the "Liebestod," and when she was recalled at the end of the concert, she sang Senta's ballad as a _bonne bouche_, something that the audience had not expected, and would send her friends away more than ever pleased with her.

    Evelyn Innes

  • The evening concludes with Wagner's Prelude and "Liebestod" from Tristan & Isolde.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • So the all-Wagner second half of Tuesday's concert, including fluidly eloquent and dramatic accounts of both the "Siegfried Idyll" and the Prelude and "Liebestod" from "Tristan und Isolde," came as a growing and welcome surprise.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Soprano Christine Brewer, who joined the orchestra for the "Liebestod," is an artist for whose voice I have not acquired a taste, but there was an undeniable clarity and stateliness in her delivery.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • He was in his element in Liszt's arrangement of the "Liebestod," bringing out the astonishing colors and shimmering textures in the music rather than playing the work as a virtuosic showpiece, which it is not.

    NYT > Home Page

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