Written December 21, 2014
This was the first time i'd ever seen Parsifal. Although I know the music well from two complete recordings over the past fifteen years, I'd never been in the right place at the right time to attend a performance.
And I'm glad that I hadn't for it is hard to imagine a more beautiful production of Parsifal than this. i was mesmerized throughout the performance.
I am also pleased to have seen it as a film because the camera man did such a splendid job with his cameras that i came away convinced that those who were at the Met. that afternoon had not been as advantaged as were those who had seen it in cinemas.
Written August 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.
Written November 30, 2014
Okay, it's five and half hours long, but it just flew by! The cast is wonderful, the performances are spectacular, and the staging is marvelous. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live is one of the great opera marketing ideas of this generation. And the cast interviews backstage are enough to warm an opera fan's heart.
Written June 30, 2015
Left after the first act. The slowest moving and non universal storyline bored me. Couldn't wait to leave the theater. Very poor sound quality over the Burlington AMC sound system. However, I'm a great fan of the MET's "Ring" and other productions.
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!