by Richard Wagner
NOTE THE EARLY START TIME: 9:00 AM
Wagner’s final opera, a mystical theatrical journey.
Parsifal tells the tale of a young man who is destined to renew a brotherhood of knights charged with guarding the relics of Christ’s last days. The psychological, mythical, and mystical possibilities of such a story are obvious, and Wagner’s accomplishment results in an air of reverence that surrounds this piece.
The use of bells and offstage choruses are among the unusual effects that create an almost liturgical atmosphere. The magnificent and expansive prelude conveys the important role the orchestra will play in creating a world in which time itself is experienced in an unusual way.
Met Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Wagner’s transcendental score.
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Kundry: Evelyn Herlitzius
Parsifal: Klaus Florian Vogt
Amfortas: Peter Mattei
Klingsor: Evgeny Nikitin
Gurnemanz: René Pape
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Start time: 9:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 5 hrs 33 min