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Parsifal (2013)

Recorded | Opera

Running time: 5 hours and 45 minutes (including two intervals)

Parsifal (2013)

Wagner’s final great masterpiece returns to Covent Garden in an inventive new staging by Stephen Langridge.

Introduction

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?

Background

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.

Wagner loosely based the opera on scenes from Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval romance Parzifal. The score contrasts the sacred with the sensual, from the stark magnificence of the music for the procession to the Grail Hall in Act I to the richly orchestrated scene in which Kundry attempts to seduce Parsifal in Act II. There are sections of almost unearthly beauty such as the Act I Prologue, the Good Friday music in Act III, and the closing scene of the opera, in which Parsifal reveals the Grail to the knights.

Credits

Director
Stephen Langridge
Designs
Alison Chitty
Lighting design
Paul Pyant
Movement
Dan O'Neill
Video designs
Thomas Bergmann and Willem Bramsche

Performers

Conductor
Antonio Pappano
Parsifal
Simon O'Neill
Kundry
Angela Denoke
Gurnemanz
René Pape
Amfortas
Gerald Finley
Klingsor
Willard W. White
Titurel
Robert Lloyd
First Knight
David Butt Philip
Second Knight
Charbel Mattar
First Esquire
Dušica Bijelić
Second Esquire
Rachel Kelly
Third Esquire
Sipho Fubesi
Fourth Esquire
Luis Gomes
First Flowermaiden
Celine Byrne
Second Flowermaiden
Kiandra Howarth
Third Flowermaiden
Anna Patalong
Fourth Flowermaiden
Anna Devin
Fifth Flowermaiden
Ana James
Sixth Flowermaiden
Justina Gringyte
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

To find out more visit the Parsifal (2013) production page.