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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
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


Wagner’s final opera is a musical journey unlike any other. The composer preferred to call his mature works “music dramas” to distinguish them from “conventional” opera, but he set Parsifal even further apart by naming it a Bühnenweihfestspiel, a “festival play for the consecration of a stage”—the stage in question being that of the Bayreuth Festival House. The opera 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. Premiere: Bayreuth Festival House, 1882.

 Richard Wagner (1813–1883)

Parsifal takes place in and around the sanctuary of the knights of the Holy Grail, at the mythical location of Monsalvat in Spain, during the Middle Ages. This new Met production places the action in an unspecified, timeless setting.


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