Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.
A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?
The creative team behind The Royal Opera’s production of The Minotaur, director Stephen Langridge and designer Alison Chitty, bring a new staging of Parsifal to Covent Garden. Parsifal, Wagner’s final opera, was first given at Bayreuth in 1882. For many years, at the insistence of Wagner and then his widow Cosima, performances outside the Bayreuth Festival were banned. This embargo was lifted in January 1914; by August of the same year Parsifal had been performed at more than fifty opera houses throughout Europe.
Cast sheets are available as PDFs
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What did you think of Stephen Langridge's Royal Opera production of Wagner's final opera?
Listen to all-star cast on BBC Radio 3 on 11 December and in cinemas on 18 December.
To find out more visit the Parsifal (2013) production page.