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Richard Wagner: Parsifal from Bayreuth Festival

Author: C Major Entertainment

No burkas and no bikinis – long before Bayreuth’s latest Parsifal had opened in Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s new reading, these two phrases had done the rounds.

  • Richard Wagner: Parsifal from Bayreuth Festival | Copyright: © Enrico Nawrath

    Richard Wagner: Parsifal from Bayreuth Festival © Enrico Nawrath

  • Roméo et Juliette | Copyright: © Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Pöhn

    Roméo et Juliette © Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Pöhn

  • Richard Wagner: Parsifal from Bayreuth Festival | Copyright: © Enrico Nawrath

    Richard Wagner: Parsifal from Bayreuth Festival © Enrico Nawrath

The emotive content of "No burkas and no bikinis" ensured that the production was hotly debated. Laufenberg shows us everything: the Grail chalice, the dead swan, the wound, the lance. Such realism in the staging, which above all reveals an eye for intricate detail, creates the impression of a new radicalism.

With Klaus Florian Vogt “as a powerfully heroic Parsifal (…), the beautiful gold, silver piercing iron of Elena Pankratova’s voice as Kundry” (…), Georg Zeppenfeld as a slim Gurnemanz providing unparalleled vocal command (…) and Ryan McKinny as a noble and agonised Amfortas.” (The Telegraph)

"Sensitive, visually arresting...excellent cast...radiant sound and striking transparency, this was a sublime and provocative Parsifal." The New York Times

English title Richard Wagner: Parsifal from Bayreuth Festival
Genre Opera
Recording location Bayreuth Festival
Duration 247 mins
Production Company A co-production of BF Medien and NHK in cooperation with TV Skyline, TMT, BR Klassik and 3sat
Composer Richard Wagner
Orchestra / Band Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Conductor Hartmut Haenchen
Choir Bayreuth Festival Choir
Stage Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Soloist Klaus Florian Vogt, Georg Zeppenfeld, Elena Pankratova, Ryan McKinny

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