Written January 29, 2015
Parsifal is lengthy & takes you on a personal journey perhaps in some unsettling ways. The transmission was great for actual performance & backstage interviews. The sound quality was excellent. The balcony seating was a great find - no rattling papers, slurping sodas, cell phones ringing and above all else it was clean.
Draw Back - balcony lighting during two 20 minute intermissions was poor and needs to be improved so one can read notes related to the performance, etc.
Written March 06, 2013
I was so disappointed. The music is gorgeous, the performances were excellent. But the direction and staging were: tedious, pretentious, opaque, soporific, and boring. I left at the first intermission.
Written July 01, 2015
Fabulous production by the New York Metropolitan Opera Company!! The entire production was incredible! The talent was the finest and it was long but we would not have missed it!!
Written September 03, 2015
First the positive report -- The theater (AMC 25 Empire; 42nd Street, NYC) was comfortable and the staff gave outstanding customer service. The opera was terrific. In fact it was the best performance of Parsifal I have ever seen.
Now some less than positive -- One of the two elevators was out of order; none of the up escalators were working. It was chaos to attempt to get to the 5th floor where Parsifal was being shown. At the end, one down escalator was working for one floor but not the next; people (quite elderly) were walking down the stairs. There was no crowd control at the bottom of the working escalators and there nearly was a calamity when people continued to attempt to get off the escalator only to find themselves bumping into those who just got off.
Written January 27, 2015
One of the best performances I've ever heard out of the Met. That's with 45 years of listening experience. Production was thought-provoking, singing exceptional--each role was perfectly cast. May be tough going for the opera-newbie, but well worth the effort! Agree with the earlier poster: so good it made the 5.5 hours fly by!!!