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Superlative performance, but...

By Jean-Pierre
Written March 03, 2013
Magnificent singing, orchestral playing, and conducting. And of course the music is sublime. But the staging, much of it, is absurd. Wagner audibly groaning in his grave. When directors (François Girard, in this instance) radically "interpret" a work to make an individual, narcissistic statement, blithely disregarding and contradicting some of the basic features envisioned by its creator, things can go amiss, as they do here in the third act. Schade.... But of course seeing it live in HD is better than actually being at the Met itself.
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Superd Production of a Masterpiece

By Dan Richter
Written March 03, 2013
Can't get any better than this. Brilliant world class singers, superb direction and production, one of Wagners greatest operas.
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A Wonderful Parsifal

By eschapker
Written July 28, 2014
Although one could quarrel with some of the artistic choices -- people sloshing around in pools of blood, for example -- overall this was a wonderful experience. The singing was magnificent. A great day at the opera.
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Amazing performance

By AntonyFrancis
Written March 03, 2013
Quite the most beautiful Parsifal I have ever seen ... this broadcast could only have been better if I had been at the met ... the singers are outstanding and Maestro Galli one of the best Parsifal conductors of today.
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Great Performance of a Mixed Bag

By roberteolsen
Written July 31, 2014
Let's face it. By the time he composed and wrote the lyrics for "Parsifal," Richard Wagner was full of himself and way over-the-top in his love for pagan mysticism, ambiguity, and the horn section of major orchestras. The music he composed for his final opera is outstanding. The singers in this Met production were great. The direction, by the man who gave us the fine film "32 Short Films Abour Glenn Gould," was excellent, if a bit too much like Harry Potter Meets Darth Vader at times. The orchestra was the best. The videography of this HD perfiormance was very, very good -- amazing close ups. The sound reproduction, while not quite high fidelity, was pretty good; at least the volume level was appropriate for a change. But the story, if that's what we call it here, is the pits. What are we to make of Wagner's melange of Catholicism, sexism (women replace Jews as foils), relic veneration, and downright stupidity in plot creation? Go for the music. Ignore the rest.
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