22 November 2013 at 3.15pm | Comment on this article
Stephen Langridge's new Royal Opera production of Richard Wagner's final opera Parsifal opens on 30 November. Before curtain up, we went into rehearsals for a glimpse of the new production.
Parsifal is based on Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval romance Parzifal. It tells the story of an innocent young man who arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. As well as an inventive new staging designed by Alison Chitty, Covent Garden audiences will be treated to some of Wagner's most gorgeous music including Kundry's Act II seduction of Parsifal and a score inspired in part by church music. The production stars Simon O'Neill, Angela Denoke, René Pape, Gerald Finley and Willard White. All performances will be conducted by Antonio Pappano.
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Parsifal is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Metherell Family, Roland & Sophie Rudd, Dr and Mrs Michael West, Marina Hobson MBE, Ian and Helen Andrews, Peter and Fiona Espenhahn, Annie Frankel, Malcolm Herring, Dr L Mikheev and N Mikheev, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, The Wagner Circle and The Parsifal Production Syndicate and generously supported in memory of Simon Tullah.