Written January 29, 2015
Parsifal is lengthy & takes you on a personal journey perhaps in some unsettling ways. The transmission was great for actual performance & backstage interviews. The sound quality was excellent. The balcony seating was a great find - no rattling papers, slurping sodas, cell phones ringing and above all else it was clean.
Draw Back - balcony lighting during two 20 minute intermissions was poor and needs to be improved so one can read notes related to the performance, etc.
Written March 06, 2013
I was so disappointed. The music is gorgeous, the performances were excellent. But the direction and staging were: tedious, pretentious, opaque, soporific, and boring. I left at the first intermission.
Written July 01, 2015
Fabulous production by the New York Metropolitan Opera Company!! The entire production was incredible! The talent was the finest and it was long but we would not have missed it!!
Written January 28, 2015
Die beste Wagnerinszenierung, die ich je gesehen habe. Viel besser, als die derzeitigen Inszenierungen in Bayreuth.
Endlich ein Regisseur, der sich nicht selbst verwirklichen will, sondern durch minimalistische Inszenierung das Stück wirken läßt..
So kann man das Stück verstehen und nicht sich abgestoßen fühlen von den verqueren Gedanken wildgewordener Regisseure.
Daß die Sänger außerirdisch gut singen rundet die herausragende Aufführung ab.
Written January 27, 2015
One of the best performances I've ever heard out of the Met. That's with 45 years of listening experience. Production was thought-provoking, singing exceptional--each role was perfectly cast. May be tough going for the opera-newbie, but well worth the effort! Agree with the earlier poster: so good it made the 5.5 hours fly by!!!