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 August 23, 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 September 19, 2014
This is a great performance - probably one of the best ever! The singers are exceptional, the costuming and staging are dramatci and the music sublime (you can tell I am a Wagnerian). The perfroamnce is very long (6 hours with intermissions) and drags at times, but the HD cameras help create movement even in long static scenes - something you would not get at the Met. There are lots of nuances in the character development and a monumental plot centered around the Garil and Spear. Very staisfying for those who can stay engaged for such a long performance.
Written October 02, 2014
Ah ha! I finally "get" François Girard's final interpretive thrust for this rendition :
Parsifal's words (paraphrase): "The Holy Blood on the spear longs to join the Holy Blood in the Grail cup.
The action: Parsifal inserts the spear tip into the Grail cup, upheld by Kundry, who, on a musical accent (also reflected in a spear movement by Parsifal), will suddenly begin her expiration ritual, leading to a gentle death, while meanwhile, the shadowy ensemble of women who have been ever-pesent but separate from the men, move as individuals to members of the opposite sex, and they all join hands as couples.
My sudden grasp of Girard's interpretation: My goodness! We've got some good ol' Dan Brown going here (Da Vinci Code). The phallic spear and the vaginal cup. All that alternative Gospel of Thomas stuff (Christ married and parental, etc.) and a union of opposites into a perfectly balanced whole (Yin & Yang), represented through the sexual symbolism of the objects at hand.
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.