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 May 26, 2015
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 February 01, 2015
Long opera, but not your typical German opera. The singing is phenomenal and was the orchestra. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written June 02, 2015
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.