Written May 24, 2016
This was an experience that is hard to explain. The orchestral score was overwhelming and the singing superb! I thought the staging missed the mark entirely particularly in the third act.
Written August 30, 2016
Die beste Wagnerinszenierung, die ich je gesehen habe. Viel besser, als die derzeitigen Inszenierungen in Bayreuth.
Endlich ein Regisseur, der sich nicht selbst verwirklichen will, sondern durch minimalistische Inszenierung das Stück wirken lä*t..
So kann man das Stück verstehen und nicht sich abgesto*en fühlen von den verqueren Gedanken wildgewordener Regisseure.
Da* die Sänger au*erirdisch gut singen rundet die herausragende Aufführung ab.
Written June 25, 2016
A must see for Wagner fans. If you can get a ticket for the re-broadcast do it. Just be sure to realize you need a good night's sleep before hand. The first act is 2 hours, so be prepared.
The production is sublime and the singers are all just amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Written August 26, 2016
This was a spectacular opera performance and I am grateful to the Met and Fredericksburg Regal 14 for making it available to the local public. The singing acting and production were terrific.
Written May 30, 2016
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.