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Striking new look for ‘Parsifal’ at Met in NYC

February 17, 2013 • Entertainment


In this photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Jonas Kaufmann rehearses the title character of Wagner’s “Parsifal,” Feb. 8, 2013 in New York. Though traditionalists may object, this is 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, headed by tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

NEW YORK (AP) — In Wagner’s “Parsifal,” the leader of the Knights of the Holy Grail suffers from an agonizing wound that will not heal. In Francois Girard’s vision of the opera, this wound afflicts the earth itself, etching a widening crevice that tears society apart and threatens the survival of mankind.

The French-Canadian director’s starkly modern and thought-provoking staging, first seen last year in Lyon, France, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night. Though traditionalists may object, this is 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, headed by tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.

From the opening notes of the prelude, Girard attempts to make the audience see themselves in the events on stage. A mirrored Login to read more

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