Written December 18, 2014
The HD transmission of the Metropolitan Opera's magnificent production of Parsifal exceeded my already high expectations! Superbly cast and movingly staged, Wagner's longest opera (and that's saying something!) was a delight for the mind and the heart. If you enjoy opera and a second chance comes, you must go. Because it is a live performance, there are two intermissions long enough for trips to the restrooms and concession stand and just for stretching one's legs; during these there are excellent interviews with the main performers, the director, and the conductor, as well as insight into what goes on back stage to achieve the impressive stage effects. The camera-work is excellent and never intrusive. I highly recommend this way of experiencing the best American opera performances!
Written January 29, 2015
It's long. It's slow. It's also gorgeous. It creates a mystical mood and if you slow down and go with it you will have an exceptional experience. If you don't, leave after Act 1.
Written September 01, 2015
Acts 1 and 3 are so slow; Act 2 is wonderful.
Written September 04, 2015
We have loved Parsifal for over 50 years, seeing 3 productions and hearing numerous from recordings and other live presentations over the radio. This time the Met brought together unforgettable artists to the stage. All voices were great, but the 3 - the tenor a and both basses - Jonas Kaufman,Evgeny Nikitin, and Rene Pape sung well beyond expectations. Likewise for drama and voices, Katarina Dalayman and Peter Mattei excelled better than ever. The conductor, Daniele Gatti, won special praise for a tender and yet where needed an explosive and passionate performance. De rigeur for doing all by/from the heart. He's made it into my Conductors' Hall of Fame. Now on the other hand we had a- let me call it - stark and dark production and sets. How do you reconcile flower girls without any flowers; ankles in 'blood' do not convey seduction to even the blind. Where is the charm of Good Friday Spell without any green...in a cemetery. God save us from such modernists and minimalists. GO.
Written December 19, 2014
Quintisential Wagner, but did not care for the costuming, however I understand the econmics