18 December 2014 at 4.10pm | Comment on this article
Parsifal tells the story of the Grail Community who are in anguish because their ruler Amfortas bears an incurable wound. Only a ‘poor fool, enlightened by compassion’ can save the ailing ruler. A mysterious youth arrives knowing little about himself, it is Parsifal - could he be the person to bring salvation to Amfortas?
Wagner first read the poem that inspired Parsifal in 1845 but the opera was many years in the making, only receiving its premiere four decades later at the Bayreuth Festival in 1882.
Langridge’s new production for The Royal Opera marked the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth.
Parsifal is now available on DVD. Buy your copy now.