Parsifal (DVD) – Royal Opera House

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Parsifal (DVD) – Royal Opera House
Composers: Richard Wagner
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Artists:
Simon O’Neill
René Pape
Gerald Finley
Angela Denoke
Robert Llyod
Willard W. White

Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Label: Opus Arte
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Region: 0 (worldwide)
Run time: 281 mins.
Number of discs: 2

Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, is a work of intense humanity, which narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion.

“Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with intellectual fibre and visual eloquence.”
- Financial Times

The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor, Simon O’Neill, in the title role.

René Pape as Gurnemanz is “immaculate” (Guardian),
Gerald Finley as Amfortas is “compelling” (Telegraph) and
Angela Denoke as Kundry is “dramatically electrifying”. (Telegraph)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director, Antonio Pappano, gives a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score.



 

History

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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