Written December 21, 2014
This was the first time i'd ever seen Parsifal. Although I know the music well from two complete recordings over the past fifteen years, I'd never been in the right place at the right time to attend a performance.
And I'm glad that I hadn't for it is hard to imagine a more beautiful production of Parsifal than this. i was mesmerized throughout the performance.
I am also pleased to have seen it as a film because the camera man did such a splendid job with his cameras that i came away convinced that those who were at the Met. that afternoon had not been as advantaged as were those who had seen it in cinemas.
Written August 02, 2014
Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of much of Wagner's operas, and Parsifal is no exception to that; but, I chose to attend this performance principally to (a) hear/see J. Kaufmann in a full-length opera, and (b) experience this brand-new, updated Francois Girard production of this piece. I was not disappointed at the results of either expectation. And, despite the fact that, IMO, Wagner took way too long (5+ hours !!) to get this "spiritual message" told, with action that was far too slow-paced, the vocal performances of Kaufmann, Rene Pape, and Peter Mattei were remarkable; Dalayman's Kundry was well-acted, but her voice didn't move me much.
Written October 01, 2014
Perhaps the best Met HD presentation of a stellar season. Fantastic cast, compelling production, some of composer Wagner's most beautiful music, and a great host in Eric Owens, all add up to the perfect storm in a positive sense. This six hour marathon seemed all too brief as what unfolded to be one of the finest operas in memory.
Written December 19, 2014
Quintisential Wagner, but did not care for the costuming, however I understand the econmics
Written September 30, 2014
Left after the first act. The slowest moving and non universal storyline bored me. Couldn't wait to leave the theater. Very poor sound quality over the Burlington AMC sound system. However, I'm a great fan of the MET's "Ring" and other productions.