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By dandr0325
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.
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By wrutherford
Written December 19, 2014
Quintisential Wagner, but did not care for the costuming, however I understand the econmics
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The Marathon of All Operas !!

By wcoperabuff1
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.
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By ikanshopper
Written February 01, 2015
Long opera, but not your typical German opera. The singing is phenomenal and was the orchestra. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Parsifal in HD

By dblocher
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.
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