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Parsifal – Live in HD (DVD) – Met Opera

Item# 888837255899


Parsifal – Live in HD (DVD) – Met Opera
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Exclusive Met Opera Shop Release Date: February 25, 2014
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Stage Director: François Girard
Artists:
Jonas Kaufmann
René Pape
Peter Mattei
Katarina Dalayman
Evgeny Nikitin
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label: Sony
Region: Region Free, Worldwide

The Met Opera’s Live in HD production of Wagner’s Parsifal brings together an outstanding cast including Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the veteran knight Gurnemanz, and Peter Mattei as Amfortas. This 2013 production was staged by acclaimed French Canadian director François Girard in his Met debut, with Daniele Gatti conducting Wagner’s powerful and complex score.

“The Met has assembled about the best Parsifal cast available today… Kaufmann is in his glory… Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage.” - The New York Times

“(a) Parsifal to treasure, elevated to the highest musical level by the solemnity and sweep of Daniele Gatti’s conducting and the dedication of a dream cast of singing actors.”
- Associated Press

 

Richard Wagner’s Parsifal

First seen in 1882, Wagner’s final masterpiece was written specifically for the space and acoustics of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where it was meant to be performed exclusively. The Met presented the first staged production outside Bayreuth in 1903. With a score of magnificent subtlety and beauty and a story that blends the legend of the Holy Grail with Christian imagery, Buddhist ideas, and 19th-century European philosophy, Parsifal is a unique work that transcends the boundaries of the standard repertoire. “Parsifal is not just an opera—it’s a mission,” says François Girard, who directed the Met’s acclaimed 2013 production. “At the end of his life, Wagner was trying to reconcile all the aspects of his spirituality. It’s a sacred piece in the history of music.”

 

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