Written March 03, 2013
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 July 24, 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!
Written August 22, 2014
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 läßt..
So kann man das Stück verstehen und nicht sich abgestoßen fühlen von den verqueren Gedanken wildgewordener Regisseure.
Daß die Sänger außerirdisch gut singen rundet die herausragende Aufführung ab.
Written March 03, 2013
Quintisential Wagner, but did not care for the costuming, however I understand the econmics
Written August 02, 2014
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.