The Eugene Symphony will perform the first act of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde on April 21 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, launching the orchestra’s three-year project focusing on the opera. Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead the performance, which also will feature the tenor and bass sections of the Eugene Symphony Chorus, plus soprano Nina Warren as Isolde, Roy C. Smith (Tristan), mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo (Brangäne), and baritone Eugene Villanueava (Kurwenal). Act II is planned for the Eugene Symphony’s 2022-23 season, with Act III to follow during the 2023-24 season. In a press release, Lecce-Chong said, “Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde is one of the most consequential pieces of art ever created and I am thrilled to bring it in its entirety to Eugene for what may be the largest project in our orchestra’s history…. Across three seasons, audiences will have a chance to immerse themselves in this intoxicating sound world and discover how music, literature, and philosophy were all forever changed in its wake.”