Tristan probably is the most difficult and the longest tenor role in opera literature. Many tenors got burned out after performing this role and there have been very few tenors who have performed Tristan role on stage more than once. Therefore it is understandable why Placido Domingo never wanted to sing this role on stage. I doubt that he could have been more successful on stage than he is in this studio recording; especially considering the passion, and intensity he has put into this performance.
Domingo fans have been hoping for this recording for a long time. No doubt that this will be a historical recording, for many generations to enjoy.
Timur Sumer, MD